October is the tenth month of the year and the first full month of fall. The October calendar is of course home to the ever popular holiday of Halloween but there are many other lesser known holidays and celebrations waiting to be noticed in October.
Month Long Celebrations in October:
Breast Cancer Awareness Month
Find a mammography center near you.
Computer Learning Month
Check your local library for free computer classes.
National Go on a Field Trip Month
October is a perfect month for a family field trip with views of fall leaves along the way. Don’t forget the camera.
National Roller Skating Month
Consider rolling with your family this month.
International Dinosaurs Month
Dinosaurs are a popular topic for theme teaching.
Dinosaur diorama crafts
Dinosaur lesson plans with books, center ideas and snacks.
Dinosaur lesson plans with crafts and games.
National Dessert Month
Clergy Appreciation Month
Popcorn Poppin’ Month
Hunger Awareness Month
Many families, churches and organizations will sign up to serve or deliver meals through out the Thanksgiving and Christmas season. Hunger doesn’t take a holiday. Consider volunteering at or sharing with a local food bank in October.
National Pizza Month
National Caramel Month
Here’s one of my very favorite cookbooks for kids, The Disney Magic Kitchen Cookbook.
It’s also a great time to let your kids make their own cookbook. Find ideas here.
Week Long Celebrations in October:
Spinning and Weaving Week
National Newspaper Week
Fire Prevention Week
World Rain Forest Week
National Clean Air Week
It makes great sense for Clean Air Week and National Rain Forest Week to be celebrated together. What a great discussion and research topic for science students.
Special Days in October:
Columbus Day, the second Monday in October
Find 15 Interesting Facts about Columbus here.
You may also enjoy Should We Celebrate Columbus Day? by one of my favorite Associated Content writers, Pauline Dolinski.
Dictionary Day is celebrated each October 16th on the birthday of Noah Webster.
Do you and your computer using tweens and teens know about Dictionary.com? Check it out.
Quick quiz: Do you have a book dictionary in your home? Does everybody know where it is?
Sweetest Day, the third Saturday in October
Sweetest Day began in 1922 and is most popular in the Great Lakes region. Where as Valentine’s Day could be considered a day to celebrate your true love, Sweetest Day is a day to celebrate everyone special to you in some “sweet’ way.
Reptile Awareness Day
Have you hugged a lizard today? Well I don’t recommend it but I do recommend these:
Free Printable Reptile Coloring Pages
Make a Difference Day
Statue of Liberty Day
Take a quiz. How much do you really know about the Statue of Liberty?
*This was my very first article on Associated Content. It needs some love.
National Candy Corn Day
Try these family fun ways to count down to Halloween.
Next up: November Holidays and Celebrations
365 Days of Celebration & Praise by Julie Lavendar