October 2023 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 2023 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

October 2023 Weekly Observances

  • Banned Books Week – Let Freedom Read (October 1-7)
  • Getting the World to Beat a Path to Your Door Week (October 1-7)
  • Mental Illness Awareness Week (October 1-7)
  • National Carry a Tune Week (October 1-7)
  • Industrial Water Week (October 2-6)
  • World Space Week (October 4-10)
  • Earth Science Week (October 8-14)
  • Emergency Nurses Week (October 8-14)
  • Fire Prevention Week (October 8-14)
  • National Metric Week (October 8-14)
  • OCD Awareness Week (October 8-14)
  • National School Lunch Week (October 9-13)
  • National Character Counts Week (October 15-21)
  • National Chemistry Week (October 15-21)
  • National Forest Products Week (October 15-21)
  • National Friends of Libraries Week (October 15-21)
  • National Health Education Week (October 16-20)
  • Nuclear Science Week (October 16-20)
  • Pastoral Care Week (October 22-28)
  • Spiritual Care Week (October 22-28)
  • Disarmament Week (October 24-30)
  • National Magic Week (October 25-31)

October 2023 Daily Observances

October 1

  • Country Inn, Bed-and-Breakfast Day
  • International Coffee Day
  • International Day of Older Persons
  • National Hair Day
  • National Homemade Cookies Day
  • National Pumpkin Spice Day
  • World Communion Sunday
  • World Vegetarian Day

October 2

  • Child Health Day
  • Guardian Angels Day
  • International Day of Non-Violence
  • National Custodial Worker Day
  • National Name Your Car Day
  • Not Just Bingo Day, a day encouraging activity directors to provide fun activities besides bingo for their senior residents on this day
  • World Architecture Day
  • World Day of Bullying Prevention
  • World Farm Animals Day
  • World Habitat Day

October 3

  • Boyfriend’s Day
  • Mean Girls Day

October 4

  • Banned Websites Awareness Day
  • International Ships-in-Bottles Day
  • National Golf Lover’s Day
  • National Kale Day
  • National Pumpkin Seed Day
  • National Taco Day
  • National Vodka Day
  • National Walk to School Day
  • Random Acts of Poetry Day
  • Ten-Four Day, recognizing radio operators on this fourth day of the tenth month
  • Walk & Roll to School Day
  • 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 Depression Screening Day
  • World Teachers’ Day

October 6

  • International Geodiversity Day
  • Kids Music Day
  • Mad Hatter Day
  • MFG (Manufacturing) Day
  • National Diversity Day
  • National German-American Day
  • National Noodle Day
  • National Plus Size Appreciation Day
  • World Smile Day

October 7

  • International Frugal Fun Day
  • National Inner Beauty Day, a day to raise awareness and support victims of human trafficking
  • World Card Making Day
  • World Cotton Day
  • You Matter to Me Day

October 8

  • Clergy Appreciation Day
  • Father-Daughter Day
  • National Flutternutter Day
  • National G.O.E. (Growth.Overcome.Empower) Day, a day to support those healing from abuse trauma
  • National Hydrogen and Fuel Cell Day
  • National Pierogi Day
  • National Salmon Day
  • World Octopus Day

October 9

  • Columbus Day
  • Indigenous Peoples’ Day
  • Leif Erikson Day, honoring the Norse explorer who led the first Europeans into North America
  • Moldy Cheese Day
  • National Kick-Butt Day
  • National Nanotechnology Day
  • Thanksgiving Day (Canada)
  • World Post Day

October 10

  • Ada Lovelace Day, honoring the achievements of women in STEM fields
  • International Face Your Fears Day
  • National Angel Food Cake Day
  • National Cake Decorating Day
  • National Handbag Day
  • National Metric Day
  • National Tic Tac Day
  • World Child Development Day
  • World Day Against the Death Penalty
  • World Homeless Day
  • World Mental Health Day

October 11

  • Emergency Nurses Day
  • International Day of the Girl Child
  • International Top Spinning Day
  • National Bring Your Teddy Bear to Work Day
  • National Coming Out Day
  • National Fossil Day
  • National Sausage Pizza Day
  • National Take Your Parents to Lunch Day
  • Southern Food Heritage 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 Farmer’s Day
  • National Gumbo Day
  • World Arthritis Day
  • World Sight Day

October 13

  • Friday the 13th
  • International Day for Failure
  • International Day for Disaster Reduction
  • National M&M’s Day
  • National Yorkshire Pudding Day
  • No Bra Day
  • World Egg Day

October 14

  • Be Bald and Be Free Day
  • I Love Yarn Day
  • National Chess Day
  • National Dessert Day
  • National Women in Franchising Appreciation Day
  • Solar Eclipse
  • Universal Music Day
  • World Migratory Bird Day (also celebrated on May 13)

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
  • National Pug Day

October 16

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

October 17

  • Black Poetry 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

  • Hagfish Day, a day to celebrate the beauty of ugly by raising awareness of the uniqueness of all sea creatures, even the hagfish
  • International Pronouns Day
  • National Chocolate Cupcake Day
  • Persons Day (Canada)
  • World Menopause Day

October 19

  • Alaska Day
  • Evaluate Your Life Day
  • Get Smart About Credit Day
  • LGBT Center Awareness Day
  • National Seafood Bisque Day

October 20

  • National Brandied Fruit Day
  • National Mammography Day
  • XIX Pan American Games in Santiago, Chile begin

October 21

  • Bridge Day, a day when up to 300 BASE jumpers leaf off of North America’s longest single span bridge (876 feet) in West Virginia
  • International Raw Milk Cheese Appreciation Day
  • National Pumpkin Cheesecake Day
  • Sweetest Day, an observance recognized in the Midwest in which women give gifts and candy to the men

October 22

  • International Stuttering Awareness Day
  • Mother-in-Law Day
  • National Color Day
  • National Nut Day
  • Smart Is Cool Day

October 23

  • National Boston Cream Pie Day
  • National Canning 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, a day to focus on improving the dissemination of information and preventing roadblocks for development

October 25

  • National Greasy Foods Day
  • Sourest Day

October 26

  • National Mincemeat Pie Day
  • National Pumpkin Day

October 27

  • Cranky Coworkers Day
  • Frankenstein Friday
  • National Black Cat Day
  • National Breadstick Day
  • Navy Day
  • World Day for Audiovisual Heritage

October 28

  • Full Hunter’s Moon
  • National Chocolate Day

October 29

  • Daylight Saving Time ends in the European Union
  • National Cat Day
  • National Oatmeal Day
  • Reformation Sunday
  • 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
  • Reformation Day
  • Trick or Treat (or Beggars’ Night)
  • World Cities Day
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