Wednesday, September 30, 2015

Idea Starters for Writers—Calendar Days—October’s Crazy Holidays & Special Occasions

by Edie Melson @EdieMelson

Idea Starters for Writers—Calendar Days
Are you looking for a unique article idea to pitch to a magazine? What about a different blog post or a social media update that gets everyone's attention? Today may be just what you're looking for—it’s time again for Calendar Days. These aren't just fun to read. They’re also a great way to jumpstart our creativity and a fun writing prompt idea. 
In addition, calendar days are great conversation starters for social media sites like Facebook and Twitter, especially when two contrasting holidays fall on the same date or if you can personalize them to someone you know. Here are some that stood out to me this month: 

I can't help but giggle at the holidays that fall on the same date this month, like October 30 has Create a Great Funeral Day and Frankenstein Day. That just hits me as ironic. And personally, I think of Cathy Baker, a wonderful poet,  on October 1, Poetry Appreciation Day, Lisa Jordan on October 3 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

October Holidays, Special Days & Downright Crazy Days

October is:
International Drum Month
National Diabetes Month
Lupus Awareness Month
National Vegetarian Month
American Pharmacist Month
National 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
Fair Trade Month
Cookie Month
Computer Learning Month

Weekly Celebrations
Week 1:
Customer Service Week
Get Organized Week

Week 2:
Pet Peeve Week
Great Books Week
Fire Prevention Week

Week 3:
Pastoral Care Week
Freedom From Bullies Week
National Friends of Libraries Week

Week 4:
Red Ribbon Week
International Magic Week

Daily Celebrations
October 1
CD Player Day
Poetry Appreciation Day
World Vegetarian Day
Lace Day
International Coffee Day
Older Peoples Day

October 2
National Custodial Worker Day
Name Your Car Day
International Day of Non-violence
World Smile Day
Farm Animals Day

October 3
Virus Appreciation Day
Card Making Day
International Frugal Fun Day
Techies Day
World Card Making
Boyfriends Day

October 4
Improve Your Office Day
Ship in a Bottle Day
National Golf Day
National Frappe Day
National Taco Day

October 5
Country Inn Bed & Breakfast Day
Do something Nice Day
World Day of Bullying Prevention
World Teachers Day

October 6
Mad Hatter Day
Come and Take it Day
Physician Assistant Day

October 7
Bathtub Day
Frappe Day
Walk to School Day

October 8
World Sight Day
World Octopus Day

October 9
World Egg Day
National Pro-Life Cupcake Day (
Curious Events Day
Fire Prevention Day
Leif Erikson Day
Moldy Cheese Day

October 10
World Porridge Day
Hug a Drummer Day
World Homeless Day
Cake Decorating Day
Handbag Day
Universal Music Day
National Angel Food Cake Day

October 11
It’s My Party Day
Clergy Appreciation Day

October 12
Old Farmer’s Day
Columbus Day
World Arthritis Day
Native American Day
Moment of Frustration Day
Cookbook Launch Day

October 13
Face Your Fears Day
International Skeptics Day

October 14
Bring Your Teddy Bear to Work & School Day
World Maths Day
Emergency Nurses Day
Be Bald and Free Day
National Dessert Day

October 15
Chicken Cacciatore Day
Conflict Resolution Day
White Cane Safety Day

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

October 17
Sweetest Day
Bridge Day
Wear Something Gaudy Day
Spreadsheet Day
Mulligan Day

October 18
Chocolate Cupcake Day
World Toy Camera Day
World Menopause Day
No Beard Day

October 19
Clean Your Virtual Desktop Day
Evaluate Your Life Day

October 20
Information Overload Day
Brandied Fruit Day
International Sloth Day

October 21
Apple Day
Count Your Buttons Day
National Pumpkin Cheesecake Day
Reptile Awareness Day

October 22
Caps Lock Day
Smart is Cool Day
National Nut Day

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

October 24
United Nations Day
Make a Difference Day
National Bologna Day

October 25
Sourest Day
Mother-in-Law Day
International Artists Day
Punk for a Day Day
World Pasta Day

October 26
Howl at the Moon Day
National Mincemeat Day

October 27
Black Cat 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 Frankenstein Day (Different from Frankenstein Friday)
National Cat Day

October 30
Create a Great Funeral Day
Checklist Day
Frankenstein Friday
National Candy Corn Day

October 31
National Caramel Apple 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!

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  1. Day 3 -Virus appreciation day? That made me giggle. Is there a chicken pox appreciation day or shingles appreciation day? I know a few people who would not approve. I love reading this every month. Thank you.

  2. Thanks, Edie,
    These have helped me write fun blog posts that are creative and informative. I so look forward to the monthly list!

  3. I love it when you post these days. They make me chuckle at some of the absurdity. :)

  4. I love when you post these holidays! I have to admit one of my faves is coming up soon...October 5: Country Inn Bed and Breakfast Day. Also, thank you for the mention. :) Poetry does top my list of appreciation, especially this time of the year.

  5. I like that Chocolate Cupcake Day is the same day as World Menopause Day!

  6. I personally love Oct 26th - Howl at the Moon day. Want to know a secret - Shhhh.... I have done this one. :) Love these Edie.