October 2022 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 2022 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 2022 Weekly Observances

  • Mental Illness Awareness Week (October 2-8)
  • National Carry a Tune Week (October 2-8)
  • Industrial Water Week (October 3-7)
  • World Space Week (October 4-10)
  • Earth Science Week (October 9-15)
  • Emergency Nurses Week (October 9-15)
  • Fire Prevention Week (October 9-15)
  • National Metric Week (October 9-15)
  • OCD Awareness Week (October 9-15)
  • National School Lunch Week (October 10-14)
  • Food and Drug Interaction Education and Awareness 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)
  • National Friends of Libraries Week (October 16-22)
  • Rodent Awareness Week (October 16-22)
  • National Health Education Week (October 17-21)
  • Nuclear Science Week (October 17-21)
  • Prescription Errors Education and Awareness Week (October 23-29)
  • Disarmament Week (October 24-30)
  • Pastoral Care Week (October 23-29)
  • Spiritual Care Week (October 23-29)
  • National Magic Week (October 25-31)

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October 2022 Daily Observances

October 1

  • Fall Astronomy Day
  • International Coffee Day
  • International Day of Older Persons
  • International Frugal Fun Day
  • National Hair Day
  • National Homemade Cookies Day
  • National Pumpkin Spice Day
  • World Card Making Day
  • World Vegetarian Day

October 2

  • Country Inn, Bed-and-Breakfast Day
  • Guardian Angels Day
  • International Day of Non-Violence
  • National Custodial Worker Day
  • National G.O.E. (Growth.Overcome.Empower) Day, a day to support those healing from abuse trauma
  • National Name Your Car Day
  • World Communion Sunday
  • World Farm Animals Day

October 3

  • Boyfriend's Day
  • Child Health Day
  • Mean Girls Day
  • World Architecture Day
  • World Day of Bullying Prevention
  • World Habitat Day

October 4

  • National Golf Lover's Day
  • National Taco Day
  • National Vodka Day
  • Ships-in-Bottles Day
  • Ten-Four Day, recognizing radio operators on this fourth day of the tenth month
  • World Animal Day

October 5

  • Chic Spy Day, a day to replicate the styles of film spies like James Bond
  • National Apple Betty Day
  • National Kale Day
  • National Pumpkin Seed Day
  • National Walk to School Day
  • Random Acts of Poetry Day
  • World Teachers' Day
  • Yom Kippur, Jewish Day of Atonement (begins at sundown on October 4)

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October 6

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

October 7

  • Kids Music Day
  • MFG (Manufacturing) Day
  • National Diversity Day
  • National Inner Beauty Day
  • World Smile Day
  • You Matter to Me Day

October 8

  • I Love Yarn Day
  • National Chess Day
  • National Flutternutter Day
  • National Hydrogen and Fuel Cell Day
  • National Pierogi Day
  • National Salmon Day
  • Universal Music Day
  • World Migratory Bird Day
  • World Octopus Day

October 9

  • Clergy Appreciation Day
  • Father-Daughter Day
  • Full Hunter's Moon
  • Leif Erikson Day, honoring the Norse explorer who led the first Europeans into North America
  • Moldy Cheese Day
  • National Nanotechnology Day
  • World Post Day

October 10

  • Columbus Day
  • Indigenous Peoples' Day
  • National Angel Food Cake Day
  • National Cake Decorating Day
  • National Handbag Day
  • National Kick-Butt Day
  • National Metric Day
  • National Tic Tac Day
  • Sukkot, the Jewish Feast of Tabernacles holiday (October 10-16; begins at sundown on October 9)
  • Thanksgiving Day (Canada)
  • World Day Against the Death Penalty
  • World Homeless Day
  • World Mental Health Day

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October 11

  • Ada Lovelace Day, honoring the achievements of women in STEM fields
  • International Day of the Girl Child
  • International Face Your Fears Day
  • National Coming Out Day
  • National Sausage Pizza Day
  • Southern Food Heritage Day
  • World Child Development Day

October 12

  • Day of the Six Billion, when the world's population reached six billion in 1999
  • Emergency Nurses Day
  • Freethought Day
  • International Moment of Frustration Scream Day
  • International Top Spinning Day
  • National Bring Your Teddy Bear to Work Day
  • National Farmer's Day
  • National Fossil Day
  • National Gumbo Day
  • National Take Your Parents to Lunch Day
  • World Arthritis Day

October 13

  • International Day for Failure
  • International Day for Disaster Reduction
  • National M&M's Day
  • National Yorkshire Pudding Day
  • No Bra Day
  • World Sight Day

October 14

  • Be Bald and Be Free Day
  • National Dessert Day
  • World Egg Day

October 15

  • Blind Americans Equality Day (also known as White Cane Safety Day)
  • Global Handwashing Day
  • International Day of Rural Women
  • International Raw Milk Cheese Appreciation Day
  • National Grouch Day
  • National Latino AIDS Awareness Day
  • National Mushroom Day
  • National Pug Day
  • Sweetest Day, an observance recognized in the Midwest in which women give gifts and candy to the men

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October 16

  • Dictionary Day
  • Global Cat Day
  • National Liqueur Day
  • World Food Day

October 17

  • Black Poetry Day
  • Boss's Day (Observed)
  • 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
  • Persons Day (Canada)
  • World Menopause Day

October 19

  • Evaluate Your Life Day
  • International Pronouns Day
  • LGBT Center Awareness Day
  • National Seafood Bisque Day

October 20

  • Get Smart About Credit Day
  • National Brandied Fruit Day

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October 21

  • National Mammography Day
  • National Pumpkin Cheesecake Day

October 22

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

October 23

  • Mother-in-Law Day
  • 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

  • Diwali, the Indian Festival of Lights is celebrated (some regions celebrate from the 23rd to the 27th)
  • National Bologna Day
  • National Food Day
  • Recycle Your Mercury Thermostat Day
  • United Nations Day
  • World Development Information Day, a day to focus on improving the dissemination of information and preventing roadblocks for development

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
  • National Black Cat Day
  • Navy Day
  • World Day for Audiovisual Heritage

October 28

  • Childcare Superhero Day
  • Frankenstein Friday
  • National Breadstick Day
  • National Chocolate Day

October 29

  • National Cat Day
  • National Oatmeal Day
  • World Stroke 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
  • National Unicef Day
  • Trick or Treat (or Beggars' Night)
  • World Cities Day

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