October 2017 Observances for Your
Senior Activity Calendar

Find interesting and unique observances and holidays for you to use as inspiration for your senior activity program.

Fun Observances and Holidays for October
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October 2017 Monthly Observances

  • Adopt-a-Shelter-Dog Month
  • American Cheese Month
  • Billiards Awareness Month
  • Caffeine Addiction Recovery Month
  • Celebrating the Bilingual Child Month
  • Church Library Month
  • Computer Learning Month
  • Co-op Awareness Month
  • Crime Prevention Month
  • Dyslexia Awareness Month
  • Emotional Intelligence Awareness Month
  • German-American Heritage Month
  • Global Diversity Awareness Month
  • Go Hog Wild – Eat Country Ham Month
  • Health Literacy Month
  • Home Eye Safety Month
  • National Arts and Humanities Month
  • National Audiology Awareness Month/Protect Your Hearing Month
  • National Bake and Decorate Month
  • National Breast Cancer Awareness Month
  • National Bullying Prevention Awareness Month
  • National Caramel Month
  • National Chili Month
  • National Chiropractic Health Month
  • National Cookbook Month
  • National Cybersecurity Awareness Month
  • National Dental Hygiene Month
  • National Disability Employment Awareness Month
  • National Field Trip Month
  • National "Gain the Inside Advantage" Month
  • Healthy Lung Month
  • National Kitchen and Bath Month
  • National Liver Awareness Month
  • National Physical Therapy Month
  • National Pizza Month
  • National Popcorn Poppin' Month
  • National Reading Group Month
  • National Roller Skating Month
  • National Stamp Collecting Month
  • National Work and Family Month
  • Organize Your Medical Information Month
  • Photographer Appreciation Month
  • Polish-American Heritage Month
  • Positive Attitude Month
  • Spinach Lovers Month
  • Squirrel Awareness Month
  • Talk About Your Medicines Month
  • Vegetarian Month
  • Workplace Politics Awareness Month
  • World Menopause Month

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October 2017 Weekly Observances

  • Mystery Series Week (October 1-7)
  • National Carry a Tune Week (October 1-7)
  • World Space Week (October 4-10)
  • Earth Science Week (October 8-14)
  • Emergency Nurses Week (October 8-14)
  • Fire Prevention Week (October 8-14)
  • National Metric Week (October 8-14)
  • Teen Read Week (October 8-14)
  • National School Lunch Week (October 9-13)
  • National Character Counts! Week (October 15-21)
  • National Food Bank Week (October 15-21)
  • National Forest Products Week (October 15-21)
  • Nuclear Science Week (October 16-20)
  • National Chemistry Week (October 22-28)
  • National Massage Therapy Awareness Week (October 22-28)
  • Pastoral Care Week (October 22-28)
  • Disarmament Week (October 24-30)
  • Prescription Errors Education and Awareness Week (October 24-31)
  • International Magic Week (October 25-31)

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October 2017 Daily Observances

October 1

  • Country Inn, Bed-and-Breakfast Day
  • International Day of Older Persons
  • National Homemade Cookies Day
  • World Communion Sunday
  • World Vegetarian Day

October 2

  • Blue Shirt Day – World Day of Bullying Prevention
  • Child Health Day
  • Guardian Angels Day
  • International Day of Nonviolence
  • National Custodial Worker's Recognition Day
  • National Name Your Car Day
  • World Architecture Day
  • World Farm Animals Day
  • World Habitat Day

October 3

  • National Techies Day

October 4

  • National Kale Day
  • National Ships-in-Bottles Day
  • National Taco Day
  • National Vodka Day
  • Walk to School Day
  • World Animal Day

October 5

  • Full Harvest Moon
  • National Apple Betty Day
  • National Depression Screening Day
  • Sukkot, Jewish "Feast of Tabernacles" (October 5-11; begins at sundown on October 4)
  • World Teachers' Day

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October 6

  • National German-American Day
  • National Noodle Day
  • World Smile Day

October 7

  • National Frappé Day

October 8

  • National Flutternutter Day
  • National Pierogi Day
  • National Salmon Day

October 9

  • Beer and Pizza Day
  • Columbus Day (Observed)
  • Leif Erikson Day
  • Thanksgiving Day (Canada)
  • World Post Day

October 10

  • Ada Lovelace Day, honoring the achievements of women in STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math)
  • National Angel Food Cake Day
  • National Handbag Day
  • National Tic Tac Day
  • World Child Development Day
  • World Day Against the Death Penalty
  • World Homeless Day
  • World Mental Health Day

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October 11

  • Emergency Nurses Day
  • International Day of the Girl Child
  • International Top Spinning Day
  • National Bring Your Teddy Bear to Work/School Day
  • National Coming Out Day
  • National Fossil Day
  • National Sausage Pizza Day
  • National Stop Bullying Day
  • National Take Your Parents to Lunch Day
  • Southern Food Heritage Day

October 12

  • Day of the Six Billion, recognizing the day that the world's population reached six billion on this day in 1999
  • International Moment of Frustration Scream Day
  • National Farmers Day
  • National Gumbo Day
  • Spanish Language Day
  • World Arthritis Day
  • World Sight Day

October 13

  • Friday the 13th
  • International Day for Disaster Reduction
  • International Day for Failure
  • Silly Sayings Day
  • World Egg Day

October 14

  • Be Bald and Free Day
  • National Dessert Day

October 15

  • Blind Americans Equality Day (also known as White Cane Safety Day)
  • I Love Yarn Day
  • International Day of Rural Women
  • National Cake Decorating Day
  • National Grouch Day
  • National Mushroom Day

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October 16

  • Dictionary Day
  • National Boss Day
  • National Liqueur Day
  • World Food Day

October 17

  • Black Poetry Day
  • International Day for the Eradication of Poverty
  • Mulligan Day a day promoting do-overs
  • National Pasta Day

October 18

  • Alaska Day
  • Hagfish Day, honoring the uniqueness of all sea creatures, even the ugly
  • International Necktie Day
  • Missouri Day
  • National Chocolate Cupcake Day
  • Persons Day (Canada)
  • World Menopause Day

October 19

  • Diwali, India's "Festival of Lights"
  • Evaluate Your Life Day
  • Get Smart About Credit Day

October 20

  • Miss American Rose Day, a day to encourage people to treat the women in their life like beautiful American roses
  • National Brandied Fruit Day
  • National Mammography Day

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October 21

  • National Pumpkin Cheesecake Day
  • Sweetest Day, an observance recognized in the Midwest in which women give gifts and candy to the men

October 22

  • International Stuttering Awareness Day
  • Mother-in-Law Day
  • National Color Day
  • National Nut Day
  • Smart Is Cool Day

October 23

  • National Boston Cream Pie Day

October 24

  • National Bologna Day
  • United Nations Day
  • World Development Information Day

October 25

  • National Greasy Foods Day
  • Sourest Day

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October 26

  • National Mincemeat Pie Day
  • National Pumpkin Day

October 27

  • Cranky Coworkers Day
  • Frankenstein Friday
  • World Day for Audiovisual Heritage

October 28

  • Make a Difference Day
  • National Chocolate Day

October 29

  • National Cat Day
  • National Oatmeal Day

October 30

  • Checklists Day
  • Devil's Night, the night before Halloween
  • Haunted Refrigerator Night
  • National Candy Corn Day
  • World Audio Drama Day, commemorating Orson Welles "War of the Worlds" broadcast in 1938

October 31

  • Books for Treats Day
  • Halloween
  • Magic Day
  • National Candy Apple Day
  • National Caramel Apple Day
  • National Knock-Knock Day
  • Trick or Treat (or Beggars' Night)
  • World Cities Day

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