October 2019 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 2019 Monthly Observances

  • ADHD Awareness Month
  • Adopt-a-Shelter-Dog Month
  • American Cheese Month
  • American Pharmacists Month
  • Billiards Awareness Month
  • Caffeine Addiction Recovery Month
  • Celebrating the Bilingual Child Month
  • Church Library Month
  • Computer Learning Month
  • Contact Lens Safety Month
  • Co-op Awareness Month
  • Down Syndrome Awareness 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
  • Healthy Lung Month
  • Home Eye Safety Month
  • Liver Cancer Awareness Month
  • LGBT History Month
  • National Apple Month
  • National Applejack Month (hard cider)
  • 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 Crime Prevention Month
  • National Cyber Security Awareness Month
  • National Dental Hygiene Month
  • National Depression Education and Awareness Month
  • National Dessert Month
  • National Disability Employment Awareness Month
  • National Domestic Violence Awareness Month
  • National Field Trip Month
  • National "Gain the Inside Advantage" Month
  • National Kitchen and Bath Month
  • National Medical Librarians Month
  • National Orthodontic Health Month
  • National Pasta Month
  • National Physical Therapy Month
  • National Pickled Peppers Month
  • National Pizza Month
  • National Popcorn Poppin' Month
  • National Reading Group Month
  • National Roller Skating Month
  • National Seafood Month
  • National Spina Bifida Awareness 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
  • Rett Syndrome Awareness 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 2019 Weekly Observances

  • World Space Week (October 4-10)
  • Emergency Nurses Week (October 6-12)
  • Fire Prevention Week (October 6-12)
  • Mental Illness Awareness Week (October 6-12)
  • National Carry a Tune Week (October 6-12)
  • National Metric Week (October 6-12)
  • OCD Awareness Week (October 6-12)
  • Earth Science Week (October 13-19)
  • Sukkot, Jewish Feast of Tabernacles holiday (October 14-20; begins at sundown on October 13)
  • National School Lunch Week (October 14-18)
  • Nuclear Science Week (October 14-18)
  • National Character Counts Week (October 20-26)
  • National Chemistry Week (October 20-26)
  • National Forest Products Week (October 20-26)
  • Pastoral Care Week (October 20-26)
  • Rodent Awareness Week (October 20-26)
  • Spiritual Care Week (October 20-26)
  • National Health Education Week (October 21-25)
  • Disarmament Week (October 24-30)
  • National Magic Week (October 25-31)

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October 2019 Daily Observances

October 1

  • International Day of Older Persons
  • Living Dead Day, a day commemorating the Night of the Living Dead movie and The Living Dead series
  • National Hair Day
  • National Homemade Cookies Day
  • National Pumpkin Spice Day
  • World Vegetarian Day

October 2

  • Guardian Angels Day
  • International Day of Non-Violence
  • National Custodial Worker Day
  • National Kale Day
  • National Name Your Car Day
  • National Pumpkin Seed Day
  • World Farm Animals Day

October 3

  • Boyfriend's Day

October 4

  • Kids Music Day
  • Manufacturing Day
  • National Diversity Day
  • National Golf Lover's Day
  • National Taco Day
  • National Vodka Day
  • Ship in a Bottle Day
  • Ten-Four Day, recognizing radio operators on this fourth day of the tenth month
  • World Animal Day
  • World Smile Day

October 5

  • Chic Spy Day, a day to replicate the styles of film spies like James Bond
  • Fall Astronomy Day
  • National Apple Betty Day
  • World Card Making Day
  • World Teachers' Day

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October 6

  • Country Inn, Bed-and-Breakfast Day
  • German-American Day
  • International Frugal Fun Day
  • Mad Hatter Day
  • National Noodle Day
  • National Plus Size Appreciation Day
  • World Communion Sunday

October 7

  • Blue Shirt Day/World Day of Bullying Prevention
  • Child Health Day
  • National Inner Beauty Day
  • World Architecture Day
  • World Habitat Day
  • You Matter To Me Day

October 8

  • Ada Lovelace Day, honoring the achievements of women in STEM fields
  • International Face Your Fears Day
  • National Flutternutter Day
  • National Hydrogen and Fuel Cell Day
  • National Pierogi Day
  • National Salmon Day
  • World Octopus Day

October 9

  • Emergency Nurses Day
  • International Top Spinning Day
  • Leif Erikson Day
  • Moldy Cheese Day
  • National Bring Your Teddy Bear to Work Day
  • National Nanotechnology Day
  • World Post Day
  • Yom Kippur, Jewish Day of Atonement (begins at sundown on October 8)

October 10

  • National Angel Food Cake Day
  • National Cake Decorating Day
  • National Depression Screening Day
  • National Handbag Day
  • National Metric Day
  • National Tic Tac Day
  • World Day Against the Death Penalty
  • World Homeless Day
  • World Mental Health Day
  • World Porridge Day
  • World Sight Day

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October 11

  • International Day of the Girl Child
  • National Coming Out Day
  • National Sausage Pizza Day
  • Southern Food Heritage Day
  • World Egg Day

October 12

  • Day of the Six Billion, when the world's population reached six billion in 1999
  • Freethought Day
  • International Moment of Frustration Scream Day
  • National Chess Day
  • National Farmer's Day
  • National Gumbo Day
  • Universal Music Day
  • World Arthritis Day

October 13

  • Clergy Appreciation Day
  • Father-Daughter Day
  • Full Hunter's Moon
  • International Day for Failure
  • International Day for Natural Disaster Reduction
  • National M&M's Day
  • National Yorkshire Pudding Day

October 14

  • Be Bald and Be Free Day
  • Columbus Day
  • Indigenous Peoples' Day
  • National Dessert Day
  • National Kick-Butt Day
  • Thanksgiving Day (Canada)

October 15

  • Blind Americans Equality Day (also known as White Cane Safety Day)
  • Global Handwashing Day
  • International Day of Rural Women
  • National Grouch Day
  • National Latino AIDS Awareness Day
  • National Mushroom Day

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October 16

  • Dictionary Day
  • National Boss's Day
  • National Fossil Day
  • National Liqueur Day
  • World Food Day

October 17

  • Black Poetry Day
  • Get Smart About Credit Day
  • International Day for the Eradication of Poverty
  • Mulligan Day, a day promoting do-overs
  • National Pasta Day
  • National Playing Card Collection Day

October 18

  • Alaska Day
  • National Chocolate Cupcake Day
  • National Mammography Day
  • Persons Day (Canada)
  • World Menopause Day

October 19

  • Evaluate Your Life Day
  • I Love Yarn Day
  • LGBT Center Awareness Day
  • National Seafood Bisque Day
  • Sweetest Day, an observance recognized in the Midwest in which women give gifts and candy to the men

October 20

  • National Brandied Fruit Day

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October 21

  • National Pumpkin Cheesecake Day

October 22

  • International Stuttering Awareness Day
  • National Color Day
  • National Nut Day
  • Smart Is Cool Day

October 23

  • National Boston Cream Pie Day
  • Unity Day

October 24

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

October 25

  • Frankenstein Friday
  • National Breadstick Day
  • National Greasy Foods Day
  • Sourest Day

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October 26

  • National Forgiveness Day
  • National Mincemeat Pie Day
  • National Pumpkin Day

October 27

  • Diwali
  • Mother-in-Law Day
  • World Day for Audiovisual Heritage

October 28

  • 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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