October 2018 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 2018 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
  • Contact Lens Safety Month
  • Co-op Awareness Month
  • Crime Prevention 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
  • 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 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 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
  • 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 2018 Weekly Observances

  • National Heimlich Heroes Week (October 1-5)
  • World Space Week (October 4-10)
  • Emergency Nurses Week (October 7-13)
  • Fire Prevention Week (October 7-13)
  • Mental Illness Awareness Week (October 7-13)
  • National Carry a Tune Week (October 7-13)
  • National Metric Week (October 7-13)
  • Teen Read Week (October 7-13)
  • Earth Science Week (October 14-20)
  • National School Lunch Week (October 15-19)
  • Nuclear Science Week (October 15-19)
  • National Chemistry Week (October 21-27)
  • Pastoral Care Week (October 21-27)
  • Rodent Awareness Week (October 21-27)
  • 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 2018 Daily Observances

October 1

  • Blue Shirt Day – World Day of Bullying Prevention
  • Child Health Day
  • International Day for Older Persons
  • National Homemade Cookies Day
  • National Pumpkin Spice Day
  • World Architecture Day
  • World Habitat Day
  • World Vegetarian Day

October 2

  • Guardian Angels Day
  • International Day of Non-Violence
  • National Custodial Worker's Recognition Day
  • National Name Your Car Day
  • World Farm Animals Day

October 3

  • Boyfriend's Day
  • National Kale Day

October 4

  • National Golf Lover's Day
  • National Pumpkin Seed Day
  • National Ships-in-Bottles Day
  • National Taco Day
  • National Vodka Day
  • World Animal Day

October 5

  • Chic Spy Day
  • Kids Music Day
  • Manufacturing Day
  • National Apple Betty Day
  • National Diversity Day
  • World Smile Day
  • World Teachers' Day

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October 6

  • Frugal Fun Day
  • Mad Hatter Day
  • National German-American Day
  • National Noodle Day
  • World Card Making Day

October 7

  • National Inner Beauty Day
  • World Communion Sunday
  • You Matter To Me Day

October 8

  • Columbus Day
  • Indigenous Peoples' Day
  • National Flutternutter Day
  • National Kick-Butt Day
  • National Pierogi Day
  • National Salmon Day
  • Thanksgiving Day (Canada)
  • World Octopus Day

October 9

  • Ada Lovelace Day, honoring the achievements of women in STEM fields
  • Leif Erikson Day
  • Moldy Cheese Day
  • World Child Development Day
  • World Post Day

October 10

  • Emergency Nurses Day
  • National Angel Food Cake Day
  • National Bring Your Teddy Bear to Work Day
  • National Cake Decorating 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

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October 11

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

October 12

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

October 13

  • Fall Astronomy Day
  • I Love Yarn Day
  • International Day for Failure
  • International Day for Natural Disaster Reduction
  • National Chess Day
  • National M&M's Day
  • National Motorcycle Ride Day
  • Yorkshire Pudding Day

October 14

  • Be Bald and Be Free Day
  • Clergy Appreciation Day
  • Father-Daughter Day
  • National Dessert Day

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 Mushroom Day

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October 16

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

October 17

  • Black Poetry Day
  • International Day for the Eradication of Poverty
  • Missouri Day
  • Mulligan Day, a day promoting do-overs
  • National Fossil Day
  • National Pasta Day
  • National Playing Card Collection Day

October 18

  • Alaska Day
  • Get Smart About Credit Day
  • National Chocolate Cupcake Day
  • Persons Day (Canada)
  • World Menopause Day

October 19

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

October 20

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

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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

October 24

  • Full Hunter's Moon
  • National Bologna Day
  • National Food Day
  • United Nations Day
  • World Development Information Day

October 25

  • National Greasy Foods Day

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October 26

  • Frankenstein Friday
  • National Breadstick Day
  • National Mincemeat Pie Day
  • National Pumpkin Day

October 27

  • World Day for Audiovisual Heritage

October 28

  • Mother-in-Law 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
  • 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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