Thursday, September 26, 2013

Calendar Days—Holidays, Special Days & Downright Crazy Days in October

It's that time again—Calendar Days. I sure hope you all are enjoying this column as much as me. It's funny, as I research these each month, I think of so many of you.

For example, I think of Cathy Baker, a wonderful poet on October 3, Poetry Appreciation Day. And Lisa Jordan on October 5 for Card Making Day, and finally, I can't help but remember Julia Tomiak on October 16, Dictionary Day. I just love her Diary of a Word Nerd blog

And I can't help but giggle at the holidays that fall on the same date, like October 30 has Create a Great Funeral Day and Frankenstein Day. That just hits me as ironic.

I always share this info on the last Thursday of every month. So be sure to drop by. Today I’m going to continue with the upcoming crazy and normal holidays in the month of October.

Using the calendar for blog post or even article ideas is a great way to jumpstart your creativity. It's also a fun writing prompt idea. 

Calendar days are also great conversation starters for social media sites like Facebook and Twitter.

October Holidays, Special Days & Downright Crazy Days

October is:
International Drum Month
National Diabetes Month
Church Library Month
Lupus Awareness Month
National Vegetarian Month
American Pharmacist Month
Pizza Month
Adopt a Shelter Dog Month
National Popcorn Popping Month
Sarcastic Month
Domestic Violence Awareness Month
National Bullying Prevention Month
Clergy Appreciation Month
Breast Cancer Awareness Month
Cookie Month
Computer Learning Month

Weekly Celebrations
Week 1:
Customer Service Week
Get Organized Week
Great Books Week

Week 2:
Pet Peeve Week
Earth Science Week
Freedom From Bullies Week

Week 3:
Pastoral Care Week
Freedom of Speech Week
National Friends of Libraries Week

Week 4:
National Massage Therapy Week
National Respiratory Care Week
Red Ribbon Week
International Magic Week

Daily Celebrations
October 1
CD Player Day
World Vegetarian Day
Love an Elder Day

October 2
National Custodial Worker Day
Name Your Car Day
Guardian Angels Day
Farm Animals Day
Walk to School Day
Balloons Around the World Day

October 3
Virus Appreciation Day
Boyfriends Day
Poetry Day

October 4
Improve Your Office Day
National Golf Day
National Frappe Day
Smile Day
Blessing of the Animals Day
National Taco Day

October 5
Card Making Day
Do something Nice Day
World Teachers Day
International Frugal Fun Day (first Saturday of October)

October 6
Mad Hatter Day
Come and Take it Day
Physician Assistant Day
Change a Light Day
Country Inn Bed & Breakfast Day (first Sunday in October)

October 7
World Smile Day
World Habitat Day
You Matter to Me Day

October 8
American Touch Tag Day
Face Your Fears Day

October 9
National Pro-Life Cupcake Day (
Curious Events Day
Emergency Nurses Day
International Top Spinning Day
Fire Prevention Day
Leif Erikson Day
Moldy Cheese Day

October 10
World Porridge Day
Angel Food Cake Day
World Mental Health Day

October 11
It’s My Party Day
Southern Food Heritage Day
World Egg Day (second Friday of October)
Bring Your Teddy Bear to Work & School Day

October 12
Old Farmer’s Day
Moment of Frustration Day
Cookbook Launch Day
Music Day

October 13
English Language Day
International Skeptics Day
Clergy Appreciation Day

October 14
Native American Day
Columbus Day (second Monday of October)
Be Bald and Free Day
National Dessert Day

October 15
Cake Decorating Day
White Cane Safety Day

October 16
Boss’s Day
Hagfish Day
Dictionary Day (Julia Tomiak)
Global Dignity Day
Steve Jobs Day
Feral Cat Day

October 17
Get Smart About Credit Day
Wear Something Gaudy Day
Alternative Fuel Day
Get to Know Your Customers Day
Mulligan Day

October 18
Chocolate Cupcake Day
World Menapause Day
No Beard Day

October 19
Bridge Day
International Newspaper Carrier Day
Evaluate Your Life Day
Sweetest Day (the third Saturday of October)

October 20
Information Overload Day
Brandied Fruit Day
National Sunday School Teacher Appreciation Day

October 21
Clean Your Virtual Desktop Day
Babbling Day
Count Your Buttons Day
National Pumpkin Cheesecake Day
Reptile Awareness Day

October 22
Caps Lock Day
International Stuttering Awareness Day
National Nut Day

October 23
iPod Day
TV Talk Show Host Day
National Mole Day

October 24
United Nations Day
National Bologna Day

October 25
International Bandanna Day
Sourest Day
International Artists Day
Punk for a Day Day
World Pasta Day
Frankenstein Friday (last Friday in October)

October 26
Make a Difference Day (fourth Saturday of October)
Howl at the Moon Day
National Mincemeat Day
Mule Day
National Forgiveness Day (last Saturday of October)

October 27
Mother-in-Law Day
National Tell a Story Day (in Scotland and the UK)
Navy Day

October 28
Plush Animal Lover’s Day
Animation Day

October 29
Internet Day
Hermit Day
National Cat Day
Visit a Cemetery Day

October 30
Create a Great Funeral Day
National Frankenstein Day (Different from Frankenstein Friday)
National Candy Corn Day
Mischief Night

October 31
National Caramel Apple Day
National Knock-Knock Jokes Day
National Magic Day
Carve a Pumpkin Day

Now let's do a little brainstorming for next month. What are some of your favorite days from the list and how do you propose using them?

Don't forget to join the conversation!


  1. October 16 is the day for my math final. Math has become all consuming and isn't my favorite subject. Felt like throwing up during my last test. Is there an appropriate celebration for that day that will send me off with a giggle?

  2. October 11 is perfect.. "It's my Party Day." It's my mom's birthday!

  3. I'm bookmarking this. Can't wait for Massage Therapy WEEK. The best way to celebrate is probably a massage EVERY DAY

  4. October 9th...Is that Leif Erikson the explorer or the actor? I used to have a huge poster of him on my wall when I was in middle school--the actor that is. I was over him by the time I reached high school so I don't guess I'll celebrate his day. However, I have never overcome my infatuation for chocolate cupcakes. So, October 18 it is. :)