October 2016 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 2016 Monthly Observances

  • Adopt-a-Shelter-Dog Month
  • American Cheese Month
  • Billiards Awareness Month
  • Celiac Disease Awareness Month
  • Church Library Month
  • Computer Learning Month
  • Country Music Month
  • German-American Heritage Month
  • Healthy Lung Month
  • National Bake and Decorate Month
  • National Book Month
  • National Breast Cancer Awareness Month
  • National Caramel Month
  • National Chili Month
  • National Cookbook Month
  • National Dental Hygiene Month
  • National Dessert Month
  • National Field Trip Month
  • National Kitchen and Bath 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 Stop Bullying Month
  • National Work and Family Month
  • Photographer Appreciation Month
  • Polish-American Heritage Month
  • Spinach Lovers Month
  • Squirrel Awareness Month
  • Talk About Prescriptions Month

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October 2016 Weekly Observances

  • Mental Illness Awareness Week (October 2-8)
  • Mystery Series Week (October 2-8)
  • National Carry a Tune Week (October 2-8)
  • National Chimney Safety Week (October 2-8)
  • National Work From Home Week (October 2-8)
  • Nuclear Medicine and Molecular Imaging Week (October 2-8)
  • Kids' Goal-Setting Week (October 3-7)
  • National Heimlich Heroes Week (October 3-7)
  • Rosh Hashanah (October 3-4; began at sundown on October 2)
  • World Space Week (October 4-10)
  • Death Penalty Focus Week (October 9-15)
  • Emergency Nurses Week (October 9-15)
  • Fire Prevention Week (October 9-15)
  • Getting the World to Beat a Path to Your Door Week (October 9-15)
  • National Metric Week (October 9-15)
  • National School Lunch Week (October 10-14)
  • Take Your Medicine, Americans Week (October 10-17)
  • World Rainforest Week (October 10-16)
  • Bullying Bystanders Unite Week (October 16-22)
  • National Character Counts Week (October 16-22)
  • National Chemistry Week (October 16-22)
  • National Food Bank Week (October 16-22)
  • National Forest Products Week (October 16-22)
  • Teen Read Week (October 16-22)
  • Food and Drug Interaction Education and Awareness Week (October 17-24)
  • National School Bus Safety Week (October 17-21)
  • Pastoral Care Week (October 23-29)
  • Rodent Awareness Week (October 23-29)
  • Disarmament Week (October 24-30)
  • Nuclear Science Week (October 24-28)
  • Prescription Errors Education and Awareness Week (October 24-31)
  • World Origami Days (October 24 - November 11)
  • International Magic Week (October 25-31)

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October 2016 Daily Observances

October 1

  • International Day of Older Persons
  • National Book It! Day
  • National Homemade Cookies Day
  • Vegan Baking Day
  • World Vegetarian Day

October 2

  • Country Inn, Bed-and-Breakfast Day
  • International Day of Nonviolence
  • Guardian Angels Day
  • National Custodial Workers Day
  • World Communion Sunday
  • World Day for Farmed Animals

October 3

  • Blue Shirt Day/World Day of Bullying Prevention
  • Child Health Day
  • World Habitat Day

October 4

  • National Ships-in-Bottles Day
  • National Taco Day
  • National Vodka Day
  • Ten-Four Day

October 5

  • National Apple Betty Day
  • World Teachers' Day

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October 6

  • National German-American Day
  • National Noodle Day

October 7

  • National Diversity Day
  • World Smile Day

October 8

  • Fall Astronomy Day
  • National Pierogi Day
  • Universal Music Day

October 9

  • World Post Day

October 10

  • Columbus Day (Observed)
  • National Angel Food Cake Day
  • National Handbag Day
  • National Kick-Butt Day
  • World Mental Health Day

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October 11

  • International Day of the Girl Child
  • National Coming Out Day
  • National Face Your Fears Day
  • National Sausage Pizza Day
  • Southern Food Heritage Day

October 12

  • Emergency Nurses Day
  • Freethought Day
  • International Moment of Frustration Scream Day
  • International Top Spinning Day
  • National Bring Your Teddy Bear to Work Day
  • National Stop Bullying Day
  • National Take Your Parents to Lunch Day
  • Yom Kippur or Day of Atonement (began at sundown on October 11)

October 13

  • International Day for Disaster Reduction
  • National M&M Day
  • Silly Sayings Day

October 14

  • Be Bald and Be Free Day
  • National Dessert Day

October 15

  • Blind Americans Equality Day
  • Bridge Day
  • International Day of Rural Women
  • National Cake Decorating Day
  • National Grouch Day
  • National Latino AIDS Awareness Day
  • Sweetest Day

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October 16

  • Dictionary Day
  • World Food Day

October 17

  • Black Poetry Day
  • International Day for the Eradication of Poverty
  • Mulligan Day
  • National Boss Day
  • National Pasta Day
  • Sukkot or Feast of Tabernacles (began at sundown on October 16)

October 18

  • National Chocolate Cupcake Day
  • World Menopause Day

October 19

  • Evaluate Your Life Day
  • Hagfish Day
  • LGBT Center Awareness Day

October 20

  • Get Smart About Credit Day

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October 21

  • National Mammography Day
  • National Pumpkin Cheesecake Day

October 22

  • International Stuttering Awareness Day
  • Make a Difference Day
  • National Nut Day
  • Smart Is Cool Day

October 23

  • Mother-in-Law Day
  • National Boston Cream Pie Day
  • National Mole Day

October 24

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

October 25

  • National Greasy Food Day
  • Saint Crispin's Day

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October 26

  • Mule Day

October 27

  • Cranky Coworkers Day
  • Navy Day
  • World Day for Audiovisual Heritage

October 28

  • Frankenstein Friday
  • National Chocolate Day
  • Saint Jude's Day

October 29

  • National Cat Day
  • National Forgiveness Day
  • National Oatmeal Day

October 30

  • Checklists Day
  • Create a Great Funeral Day
  • Devil's Night
  • Haunted Refrigerator Night
  • National Candy Corn Day
  • Reformation Sunday

October 31

  • Books for Treats Day
  • Halloween
  • Magic Day
  • National Candy Apple Day
  • National Knock-Knock Day
  • Trick or Treat or Beggar's Night
  • World Cities Day

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