October 2020 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 2020 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
  • LGBT History Month
  • Liver Cancer Awareness 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 Cybersecurity 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 Liver Awareness 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 2020 Weekly Observances

  • Sukkot, the Jewish Feast of Tabernacles holiday (October 3-9; begins at sundown on October 2)
  • Fire Prevention Week (October 4-10)
  • Mental Illness Awareness Week (October 4-10)
  • National Carry a Tune Week (October 4-10)
  • National Metric Week (October 4-10)
  • World Space Week (October 4-10)
  • Earth Science Week (October 11-17)
  • Emergency Nurses Week (October 11-17)
  • National Food Bank Week (October 11-17)
  • OCD Awareness Week (October 11-17)
  • National School Lunch Week (October 12-16)
  • Food and Drug Interaction Education and Awareness Week (October 17-24)
  • National Character Counts Week (October 18-24)
  • National Chemistry Week (October 18-24)
  • National Forest Products Week (October 18-24)
  • National Health Education Week (October 19-23)
  • Nuclear Science Week (October 19-23)
  • Disarmament Week (October 24-30)
  • National Magic Week (October 25-31)
  • Pastoral Care Week (October 25-31)
  • Spiritual Care Week (October 25-31)

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October 2020 Daily Observances

October 1

  • Full Harvest Moon
  • 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 Poetry Day
  • National Pumpkin Spice Day
  • World Vegetarian Day

October 2

  • Guardian Angels Day
  • International Day of Non-Violence
  • Kids Music Day
  • Manufacturing Day
  • National Custodial Worker Day
  • National Diversity Day
  • National Name Your Car Day
  • World Farm Animals Day
  • World Smile Day

October 3

  • Boyfriend's Day
  • International Frugal Fun Day
  • World Card Making Day

October 4

  • 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 Communion Sunday

October 5

  • Blue Shirt Day/World Day of Bullying Prevention
  • Chic Spy Day, a day to replicate the styles of film spies like James Bond
  • Child Health Day
  • Country Inn, Bed-and-Breakfast Day
  • National Apple Betty Day
  • World Architecture Day
  • World Habitat Day
  • World Teachers' Day

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October 6

  • Mad Hatter Day
  • National German-American Day
  • National Noodle Day
  • National Plus Size Appreciation Day

October 7

  • National Inner Beauty Day
  • National Kale Day
  • National Pumpkin Seed Day
  • Random Acts of Poetry Day
  • You Matter To Me Day

October 8

  • National Depression Screening Day
  • National Flutternutter Day
  • National Hydrogen and Fuel Cell Day
  • National Pierogi Day
  • National Salmon Day
  • World Octopus Day
  • World Sight Day

October 9

  • Leif Erikson Day, honoring the Norse explorer who led the first Europeans into North America
  • Moldy Cheese Day
  • National Nanotechnology Day
  • World Egg Day
  • World Post Day

October 10

  • National Angel Food Cake Day
  • National Cake Decorating Day
  • National Chess Day
  • National Handbag Day
  • National Metric Day
  • National Tic Tac Day
  • Universal Music Day
  • World Day Against the Death Penalty
  • World Homeless Day
  • World Mental Health Day

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October 11

  • Clergy Appreciation Day
  • Father-Daughter Day
  • International Day of the Girl Child
  • National Coming Out Day
  • National Sausage Pizza Day
  • Southern Food Heritage Day

October 12

  • Columbus Day
  • Day of the Six Billion, when the world's population reached six billion in 1999
  • Freethought Day
  • Indigenous Peoples' Day
  • International Moment of Frustration Scream Day
  • National Farmer's Day
  • National Gumbo Day
  • National Kick-Butt Day
  • Thanksgiving Day (Canada)
  • World Arthritis Day

October 13

  • Ada Lovelace Day, honoring the achievements of women in STEM fields
  • International Day for Failure
  • International Day for Natural Disaster Reduction
  • International Face Your Fears Day
  • National M&M's Day
  • National Yorkshire Pudding Day

October 14

  • Be Bald and Be Free Day
  • International Top Spinning Day
  • National Bring Your Teddy Bear to Work Day
  • National Dessert Day
  • National Fossil Day
  • National Take Your Parents to Lunch Day

October 15

  • Blind Americans Equality Day (also known as White Cane Safety Day)
  • Get Smart About Credit 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

  • Boss's Day
  • Dictionary Day
  • Global Cat Day
  • National Liqueur Day
  • National Mammography Day
  • World Food Day

October 17

  • Black Poetry Day
  • I Love Yarn Day
  • International Day for the Eradication of Poverty
  • Mulligan Day, a day promoting do-overs
  • National Pasta Day
  • National Playing Card Collection Day
  • Sweetest Day, an observance recognized in the Midwest in which women give gifts and candy to the men

October 18

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

October 19

  • Alaska Day
  • Evaluate Your Life Day
  • LGBT Center Awareness Day
  • National Seafood Bisque Day

October 20

  • National Brandied Fruit Day
  • World Statistics Day

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October 21

  • Hagfish Day
  • National Pumpkin Cheesecake Day
  • Unity Day

October 22

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

October 23

  • National Boston Cream Pie Day
  • National Mole Day, encouraging students to become interested in chemistry by honoring the specialized counting of the Avogadro number

October 24

  • National Bologna Day
  • National Food Day
  • Recycle Your Mercury Thermostat Day
  • United Nations Day
  • World Development Information Day

October 25

  • Mother-in-Law Day
  • National Greasy Foods Day
  • Sourest Day

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October 26

  • National Mincemeat Pie Day
  • National Pumpkin Day

October 27

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

October 28

  • National Chocolate Day

October 29

  • National Cat Day
  • National Oatmeal Day

October 30

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

October 31

  • Full Hunter's Moon (second full moon of the month)
  • 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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