List of National Days in October

This list of national days in October gives a detailed look at the month to find out how to celebrate your favorite national day with food and drink ideas, and lots of craft projectsNational Days list for October

Each time I cover a new and fun national day about October on the blog, I add new links to the list below, to give you new ideas for ways to celebrate these days.

October is the tenth month of the year in our calendar.  In the Northern Hemisphere, it is the beginning of fall, but in the Southern hemisphere it is associated with spring.

This month marks the beginning of three months of non-stop holiday season fun.  The end of the month features Halloween, but this is just the start of the holiday season to come.

The name of the month originated when the Roman lunar calendar was used, and the year started in March at harvest time. Then, October (octo) was considered the 8th month of the year.

All that changed in 46 B.C. when the new Julian calendar was used, making January the first month and October the tenth month in the calendar.

October is is National apple month, which is apt, since the apples are out in full force.  It is also National caramel month, (cause you need something to dip the apples in!) National Pretzel Month, (for Oktoberfest) and National Pumpkin Month (for pumpkin carving.)

And don’t forget National Chili Month. We celebrate that tasty dish this month too!

But don’t stop at just these activities, with all these fun and offbeat holidays, there is more than just pumpkin carving and apple eating to celebrate this month.

Fun Facts about October

The month of October has arrived, so let’s catch up with a few facts about the first full month of fall.

Interested in Astrology? The zodiac signs for the month of October are Libra (up to October 22) and Scorpio (after the 23rd of October.)

If you love gardening, the birth flower is calendula (family of marigolds) and the birthstones are opal and tourmaline.

Breast Cancer awareness is a big focus of this month and the pink breast cancer ribbon is seen everywhere.

Fun Facts about October

The calendar below features a list of some of the national and international days in October, day by day. Some of these days have links to pages on my site where you can find more information or recipes to celebrate that interesting national day.

I add to this page often with new links and fun facts about your favorite national day, so be sure to check back often for new ideas.

List of National Days in October

October is full of a month of fun food days like Pumpkin Seed Day and Homemade Cookies Day. It is also a time to celebrate Columbus Day and Southern Food Heritage Day.National Days to celebrate in October

These national days take part in the first half of the month. Time to celebrate!

Oct 1

Oct 2

  • Custodial Worker’s Day
  • Fried Scallops Day
  • Name Your Car Day
  • World Vegetarian Day
  • Fruit at Work Day
Oct 3

  • Boyfriend Day
  • Pumpkin Seed Day
  • Walk to School Day
  • Mean Girl’s Day
  • Kale Day
Oct 4

  • Golf Lover’s Day
  • Taco Day
  • Vodka Day
  • Cinnamon Roll Day
  • Ships in Bottles Day
Oct 5

  • Apple Betty Day
  • Do Something Nice Day
  • Manufacturing Day
  • Get Funky Day
  • Denim Day
Oct 6

  • German American Day
  • Noodle Day
  • Mad Hatter Day
  • Plus Size Appreciation Day
  • Garlic Lovers Day
Oct 7

  • Frappé Day
  • LED Light Day
  • World Smile Day
  • Flower Day
Oct 8

Oct 9

  • Chess Day
  • Moldy Cheese Day
  • Chess Day
  • International Beer & Pizza Day
Oct 10

  • Angel Food Cake Day
  • Cake Decorating Day
  • Stop Bullying Day
  • World Homeless Day
  • Hug a Drummer Day
Oct 11

  • Coming Out Day
  • Sausage Pizza Day
  • General Pulaski Memorial Day
  • It’s My Party Day
  • Southern Food Heritage Day
Oct 12

  • Farmer’s Day
  • Gumbo Day
  • Free Thought Day
  • Cookbook Launch Day
  • World Egg Day
Oct 13

  • Yorkshire Pudding Day
  • Train Your Brain Day
  • No Bra Day
  • Silly Sayings  Day
  • Universal Music Day
Oct 14

  • Be Bald and Be Free Day
  • Dessert Day
  • Clergy Appreciation Day
  • Chocolate Covered Insect Day
  • Lowercase Day
Oct 15

  • Cheese Curd Day
  • Grouch Day
  • White Cane Safety Day
  • Global Hand Washing Day
  • Mushroom Day

National Days during the month of October

Here we are at the half way mark for our list of National Days in October. Has your favorite national day been listed yet?  Don’t give up.

We have lots more fun in store. How about National Candy Corn Day or National Carve a Pumpkin Day?  Both are still to come!

Oct 16

  • Boss’s Day
  • Feral Cat Day
  • Liqueur Day
  • World Food Day
  • World Spine Day
Oct 17

  • Black Poetry Day
  • Pasta Day
  • Edge Day
  • Four Prunes Day
  • Love Your Body Day
Oct 18

Oct 19

  • LGBT Center Awareness Day
  • Mammography Day
  • Seafood Bisque Day
  • Dress Like a Dork Day
Oct 20

  • Brandied Fruit Day
  • Sweetest Day
  • National Fetch Day
  • I Love Yarn Day
Oct 21

Oct 22

  • Color Day
  • Nut Day
  • Clean up the Earth Day
  • Smart is Cool Day
Oct 23

  • Boston Cream Pie Day
  • Ipod Day
  • Mole Day
  • TV Talk Show Host Day
  • National Canning Day
Oct 24

  • Bologna Day
  • Food Day
  • United Nations Day
  • Good and Plenty Day
  • World Polio Day
Oct 25

  • Chucky, the Notorious Killer Doll Day
  • Greasy Food Day
  • Sourest Day
  • World Pizza Maker’s Day
  • Punk for a Day Day
Oct 26

  • Bread Stick Day
  • Mincemeat Day
  • Pumpkin Day
  • Horseless Carriage Day
  • Frankenstein Friday (last Friday)
Oct 27

  • American Beer Day
  • Black Cat Day
  • Navy Day
  • Potato Day
  • Forgiveness Day
Oct 28

  • Chocolate Day
  • Mother-in-Law Day
  • Pit Bull Awareness Day
  • Plush Animal Lover’s Day
Oct 29

  • Cat Day
  • Hermit Day
  • Oatmeal Day
  • International Internet Day
Oct 30

  • Candy Corn Day
  • Publicist Day
  • Speak up for Service Day
  • Buy a Doughnut Day


  Oct 31

  • Girl Scout Founder’s Day
  • Caramel Apple Day
  • Magic Day
  • Carve a Pumpkin Day
  • Trick or Treat for Unicef Day
  • Halloween

National Days Calendar Printables

If you like to plan ahead, be sure to check out my monthly printable calendars. Each one features one National Day that I have featured. It’s great for planning craft projects, recipes and outdoor activities to honor the special days.

For all my National Days Calendar printables check out these pages:

More to come soon!

Need More Inspiration?

If you are looking for some inspiration for discovering more about all the National Days, be sure to check out my National Days board on Pinterest.  It has lots of pins that lead to articles about the topic.National Days board on Pinetrest

Would you like a reminder of this list of National Days in October?  Just pin this image to one of your boards on Pinterest so that you can easily find it later.This List of National Days in October gives lots of reasons to celebrate

Which are your favorite national day of October?

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