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October Holidays: Strange & Unusual October Holidays and Observances!

Strange October Holidays List

Strange & Unusual October Holidays and Observances!

It’s time for another roundup of strange, weird, and quite unusual observances and October holidays that’ll ! This months collection features October (obviously), which is once again going to leave you all puzzled and definitely scratching your heads! 

Remember.. these aren’t necessarily ALL going to be weird since the list includes Halloween and important observances, such as Breast Cancer Awareness Month. However, I can guarantee that a good portion of the following October holidays won’t be found in your daily planner or monthly calendar hanging on the kitchen wall!

Looking for strange and unusual holidays celebrated during a different month? Don’t worry.. I’ve got you covered with lists of weird holidays celebrated every single month of the year! Jump to the bottom of the page for a complete list of strange holidays available on MamaNYC!

October Monthly Observances

Adopt A Shelter Dog Month
AIDS Awareness Month (President Reagan)
American Cheese Month
Antidepressant Death Awareness Month
Apple Month 
Bat Appreciation Month
Bullying Prevention Month 
(World) Blindness Awareness Month 
Caffeine Addiction Recovery Month
Celiac Disease Awareness Month
Celebrating The Bilingual Child Month
Children’s Magazine Month
Christmas Seal Campaign (10/1-12/31)
Church Library MonthNational Domestic Violence Month Ribbon
Church Safety and Security Month
Class Reunion Month
Co-op Awareness Month
Cut Out Dissection Month
Domestic Violence Awareness Month
Down Syndrome Awareness Month
Dyslexia Awareness Month
Eat Better, Eat Together Month
Emotional Intelligence Awareness Month
Emotional Wellness Month
Employee Ownership Month
Energy Management is a Family Affair-Improve Your Home Month (10/1-3/31/13)
Fair Trade Month 
Financial Planning Month 
Feral Hog Month or Hog Out Month
Gay & Lesbian History Month
German-American Heritage Month
Global Diversity Awareness Month
Go Hog Wild – Eat Country Ham
Halloween Safety Month
Head Start Awareness Month
Health Literacy Month
Home Eye Safety Month
Italian-American Heritage Month 
International Augmentative & Alternative Communication (AAC) Awareness Month
International Starman Month
International Strategic Planning Month
International Walk To School Month
Long Term Care Planning Month
Month of Free Thought
National AIDS Awareness Month
Breast Cancer Awareness Pink RibbonNational Animal Safety and Protection Month
National Audiology Awareness Month
National Bake and Decorate Month
National Book Month
National Bullying Prevention Awareness Month
National Breast Cancer Awareness Month
National Caramel Month
National Chili Month
National Chiropractic Month
National Cookbook Month
National Crime Prevention Month
National Cyber Security Awareness Month
National Dental Hygiene Month
National Depression Education & Awareness Month
National Disability Employment Awareness Month
National Domestic Violence Awareness Month
National Down Syndrome Month
National Ergonomics Month 
National Family Sexuality Education Month – Let’s Talk! 
National "Gain The Inside Advantage" Month
National Go On A Field Trip Month
National Kitchen & Bath Month
National Liver Awareness Month
National Medical Librarian Month
National Orthodontic Health Month
National Physical Therapy Month
National Popcorn Poppin’ Month
National Protect Your Hearing Month
National Pregnancy and Infant Loss Awareness Month 
National Reading Group Month
National Roller Skating Month
National RSV Awareness Month
National Sarcastic Awareness Month
National Spina Bifida Awareness Month
National Stamp Collecting Month
National Window Covering Safety Month
National Work and Family Month
National Sudden Infant Death Syndrome Awareness Month
Organize Your Medical Information Month
Pear and Pineapple Month
Photographer Appreciation MonthNational Pizza Month
Pizza Month 
Polish American Heritage Month
Positive Attitude Month
Raptor Month
Rett Syndrome Awareness Month
Rhizomes and Persimmons Month 
Rhubarb Month
Right Brainers Rule! Month
Sausage Month 
Self-Promotion Month
Spinach Lovers Month
Squirrel Awareness Month
Tackling Hunger Month
Talk About Prescriptions Month
Vegetarian Month
Wishbones for Pets Month (10/15 – 11/30)
Workplace Politics Awareness Month
World Menopause Month

October Weekly Observances

Financial Planning Week: 1-7
Universal Children’s Week: 1-7
National Newspaper Week: 1-5
Customer Service Week: 1-5   (1st Week)Universal Childrens Week UNICEF
Spinning & Weaving Week: 1-7  
Sukkot: 1-9
World Dairy Expo: 2-6
No Salt Week: 3-10
World Space Week: 4-10 
National Storytelling Weekend: 5-7 (1st Full Week)
Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta: 6-14
Fallen Firefighters Memorial Weekend: 6-7
National Physicians Assistant Week: 6-12
Emergency Nurses Week: 7-13
Fire Prevention Week: 7-13
Great Books Week: 7-13 (1st Full Week)
Mental Illness Awareness Week: 7-13 (1st Full Week)
Mystery Series Week: 7-13 (1st Full Week)
National Carry A Tune Week: 7-13
National Metric Week: 7-13 (Week always has 10th in it.)
National Work From Home Week: 7-13 (1stFull Week)
Nuclear Medicine Week: 7-13 (1st Full Week)
Kids’ Goal Setting Week: 8-12
National Chestnut Week: 8-13 (2nd Full Week)
Take Your Medicine Americans Week: 10-16
Great American Beer Festival: 11-13
World Rainforest Week: 12-18 Great American Beer Festival
Freedom From Bullies Week: 14-20
Getting The World To Beat A Path To Your Door Week: 14-20
National Food Bank Week: 14-20  (Week Always Has 16th in it, World Food Day)
Teen Read Week: 14-20
Earth Science Week: 14-20   (Always 2nd Full Week)
Fall Astronomy Week: 15-21 
Freedom of Speech Week: 15-21  (3rd Full Week)
Medical Assistants Recognition Week: 15-19 (3rd Week) 
National School Lunch Week: 15-20  (Starts on 2nd Monday)
Food & Drug Interactions and Awareness Week: 17-24
Bullying Bystanders Unite Week: 21-27 (3rd Full Week)
Kids Care Week: 21-27
National Character Counts Week: 21-27
National Chemistry Week: 21-27
National Forest Products Week: 21-27
National Friends of Libraries Week: 21-27
National Lead Poisoning Prevention Week: 21-27   (always 3rd week)
National Massage Therapy Week: 21-27 (Last full week)
National Respiratory Care Week: 21-27  (Last full week)
National Save For Retirement Week: 21-27  (3rd Full Week)Red Ribbon Week Sticker Red
Pastoral Care Week: 21-27
Red Ribbon Week: 21-27   (Last Week)
YWCA Week without Violence: 21-27
National School Bus Safety Week: 22-26 (4th Week)
Disarmament Week: 24-30
Peace, Friendship and Good Will Week: 24-30 
Prescription Errors Education & Awareness Week:  24-31
World Hearing Aid Awareness Week: 24-29
International Magic Week: 25-31
Give Wildlife a Break Week:  10/29 – 11/4

October Daily Observances

CD Player Day: 1
Child Health Day: 1 (First Monday)
Fire Pup Day: 1
International Day of Older Persons: 1
Model T Day: 1
National Lace Day: 1 
World Day of Bullying Prevention / Blue Shirt Day: 1 (First Monday)
World Habitat Day: 1 (First Monday)
World Vegetarian Day: 1
Guardian Angels Day: 2
International Day of Non-violence: 2
National Custodial Workers Day: 2
Phileas Fogg’s Wager Day: 2
Techie’s Day: 2
World Farm Animals Day: 2
Balloons Around The World Day: 3 (First Wednesday)
Blessing of The Animals Day (aka Blessing of the Pets Day, World Pet Day): 4
Improve Your Office Day: 4 
Kanelbullens Dag (Cinnamon Roll Day): 4Lee's National Denim Day Komen
Ten-Four Day: 4
World Animal Day: 4
Lee’s National Denim Day: 5 (First Friday)
National Diversity Day: 5 (First Friday)
Walk To School in The USA Day: 5
World Smile Day: 5 (First Friday) 
World Teachers Day: 5
Cephalopod Awareness Day: 6 (First Saturday)
Ecological Debt Day: 6 
Inter-American Water Day: 6 (First Saturday) 
Jackie Mayer Rehab Day: 6
Mad Hatter Day: 6 
National German-American Day: 6
Northeast Mable Days: 6-7
World Card Making Day: 6 (First Saturday)
Change A Light Day: 7   (First Sunday)
Intergeneration Day: 7  (First Sunday)
International African Diaspora Day: 7 (First Sunday)
World Communion Day: 7 (First Sunday)
You Matter To Me Day: 7
Alvin C. York Day: 8
Columbus Day or National Day of Mourning: 8 (Native Americans)
Native American Day: 8 (2nd Monday)
National Depression Screening Day: 8
National Kick Butt Day: 8 
National Pierogy Day: 8
Native Americans’ Day: 8 (2nd Monday)
Leif Erikson Day: 9
National Chess Day: 9 (See also 13th)
National Face Your Fears Day: 9 (2nd Tuesday)
National Pro-Life Cupcake Day: 9
Simchat Torah: 9
World Post Day: 9
Emergency Nurses Day: 10
International Day for Natural Disaster Reduction: 10National Bring Teddy Bear Work Day
International Newspaper Carrier Day: 10
International Top Spinning Day: 10  (2nd Wednesday)
National Bring Your Teddy Bear To Work & School Day: 10   (2nd Wednesday)
Naval Academy Day: 10
Stop Bullying Day: 10
World Mental Health Day: 10
World Porridge Day: 10
General Pulaski Memorial Day: 11 (President)
National Coming Out Day: 11
World Sight Day: 11   (2nd Thursday)
Free Thought Day: 12
Day of the Six Billion: 12 
International Moment of Frustration Scream Day: 12
World Egg Day (2nd Friday): 12
English Language Day: 13
Universal Music Day: 13 (2nd Saturday)
Navy Birthday: 13
I Love Lucy Day Lucille-BallNational Chess Day: 13
National Family Bowling Day  (or)  Kids Bowl Free Day): 13
Alternative Fuel Day: 14
Be Bald and Be Free Day: 14
Clergy Appreciation Day (or) Pastor Appreciation Day (or) Ministry Appreciation Day : 14
International Day of Rural Women: 15
I Love Lucy Day: 15
National Cake Decorating Day: 15
National Clean Your Virtual Desktop Day: 15  (3rd Monday)
National Grouch Day: 15
National Latino AIDS Awareness Day: 15 
National Pregnancy and Infant Loss Awareness Day: 15
White Cane Safety Day: 15
Boss’s Day (or National Boss’s Day) : 16 (Annually, unless if falls on a weekend; Otherwise – the closest workday)
Department Store Day: 16
Dictionary Day: 16
National Feral Cat Day: 16
World Food Day: 16
Black Poetry Day: 17
Hagfish Day: 17   (3rd Wednesday)  
International Day for the Eradication of Poverty: 17National Fossil Day
Medical Assistants Recognition Day: 17 (3rd Wednesday)
Mulligan Day: 17
National Fossil Day: 17  (Wednesday of the 2nd Full Week)
Support Your Local Chamber of Commerce: 17 (3rd Wednesday) 
Get to Know Your Customers Day: 18 (also January 19, April 19, July 19)
Get Smart About Credit Day: 18 (3rd Thursday)
International Credit Union Day: 18 (3rd Thursday)
National Chocolate Cupcake Day: 18
Pro-Life Day of Silent Solidarity: 18
World Menopause Day: 18
Evaluate Your Life Day: 19
Mammography Day: 19 (3rd Friday)
Bridge Day: 20   (3rd Saturday)
Fall Astronomy Day: 20   (observed on a Saturday near the 1st Quarter Moon between mid-September and mid-October; varies yearly)
Information Overload Day: 20
Miss American Rose Day: 20
Sweetest Day 2012National Call-in Day for Health Reform: 20
Sweetest Day: 20  (3rd Saturday)
Birth of the Bab: 20
Celebration of The Mind Day: 21
Global Iodine Deficiency Disorder (IDD) Prevention Day: 21
National Sunday School Teacher Appreciation Day: 21   (3rd Sunday)
Reptile Awareness Day: 21
World Toy Camera Day: 21
Caps Locks Day: 22
International Stuttering Awareness Day: 22
iPod Day: 23
National Mole Day: 23 
Swallows Depart from San Juan Capistrano Day: 23
Food Day: 24 
United Nations Day: 24
World Development Information Day: 24
Chucky, The Notorious Killer Doll Day: 25Frankenstein Friday Clipart Thumbnail
Sourest Day: 
World Pasta Day: 25
Eid-Al-Adha: 26
Frankenstein Friday: 26
International Bandanna Day: 26 
National Breadstix (Bread Sticks) Day: 26  (Last Friday)
National Pharmacy Buyer Day: 26 (3rd Friday)
Mule Day: 26   (Historical, not celebration)
Cranky Co-workers Day: 27
Make A Difference Day: 27
National Forgiveness Day: 27 (Last Saturday)
Navy Day: 27
Mother-in-Law Day: 28 (Always 4th Sunday)
National Chocolates Day: 28 
Reformation Sunday: 28
St. Jude’s Day: 28
Internet Day: 29
Lung Health Day: 29    (Last Monday)
National Cat Day: 29
Visit A Cemetery Day: 29
World Psoriasis Day: 29
Checklist Day: 30
Create A Great Funeral Day: 30 
Devil’s Night or Mischief Night: 30
Haunted Refrigerator Night: 30
National Candy Corn Day: 30
Beggars’ Night: 31
Books For Treats Day: 31
Day of the Seven Billion: 31
Girl Scout Founder’s Day: 31 
Halloween or All Hallows Eve: 31
National Caramel Apple Day: 31
National Knock-Knock Jokes Day: 31
National Magic Day: 31
National UNICEF Day: 31
Samhain: 31

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Looking for bizarre holidays for a different month?!

FEBRUARY: Bizarre and Unique Holidays for February!

APRIL: Strange and Unusual Holidays in April 

MAY: May Holidays – Strange, Unusual & Weird Holidays in May

JULY: Weird July Holidays – Strange, Unusual, and Odd Holidays for July!

AUGUST: Weird August Holidays – List of Strange & Unusual August Observances

SEPTEMBER: Strange, Unusual, & Weird September Observances 




My name is Nicole Napolitano and I am a full-time professional parenting blogger and work-at-home mom of two adorable and vivacious children (boy - 6 & girl - 2.5). I decided to develop MamaNYC in 2010 shortly (1-month) after transitioning from work-a-holic Internet marketing pro to the shoes of a stay-at-home mom (bored!). As a dedicated business manager for over 9-years, I was determined and positive that I would once again be a successful business woman -- whether or not I had a diaper bag tagging along! I am a New York City native, but relocated with my husband and our two kids to sunny Los Angeles in the summer of 2014. Leaving everything behind was scary, but it's time to make new memories. My interests include web design, Internet marketing, product development and research, SEO, movies, friends, and spending time with my family.

10 thoughts on “October Holidays: Strange & Unusual October Holidays and Observances!

  1. Thanks for sharing this list of strange and unusual observances in October. I knew it was National Breast Cancer Awareness Month, but Bat Appreciation Month? I knew there was a day for everything, but Haunted Refrigerator Night?! I wonder who came up with that one. This is fun, thanks.

  2. What a great list!

    American Cheese Month..would that be the celebration of American style cheese? Or the month American’s celebrate all types of cheese?

  3. National Sarcastic Awareness Month “Oh, really?”

    Adopt A Shelter Dog Month (Never a bad idea)

    Feral Hog Month or Hog Out Month “Free Range Bacon!”

    International Starman Month “Where’d I park the saucer?”

    Self-Promotion Month “Dig it. DIG ME!”

    World Menopause Month “Best time of year to visit Florida for your own private tropical vacation! Best of all, no lines, no kids, no warning!”

  4. My top 3 choices:
    World Vegetarian Day: 1 – I promise to eat no meat today.
    National Carry A Tune Week: 7-13 – where am I supposed to carry it?
    Gay & Lesbian History Month – we all need to know more about this.

  5. We should all be wearing lace today since it is National Lace Day! My favorites are, without a doubt:
    Bat Appreciation Month
    Be Bald and Be Free Day: 14 (Colin Mochrie’s Day!)
    Raptor Month

    Thanks for the post! 😀

  6. These are so much fun! My daughter enjoys telling me what day it is and will sometimes try to celebrate it in her cooking or attitude that day.

    Coincidence but it was in October that we adopted our dog Missy. (Also, it is my daughter’s birthday.)
    October is a good month!

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