October Fun Facts, Famous Holidays and Celebrations

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Listen! -- The wind is rising, and the air is wild with leaves. We have had our summer evenings, now for October eves!

― Humbert Wolfe

Munich Oktoberfest, Largest Annual Fun-Fair in the World. September and Early October.

Oktoberfest in the large Hippodrome Tent in a German city.
Oktoberfest in the large Hippodrome Tent in a German city. | Source

The Celebrations of October

October begins a number of entertaining holiday weeks that actually mark the start of the yearly Fourth Quarter Holiday Season leading up to Christmas, Hanukkah, Kwanzaa, and other winter celebrations around the world.

Some exciting celebrations last all month and include:

  • Caramel Month
  • Cookie Month - Try some of these recipes.
  • FOOD - National American Cheese, Pizza, Popcorn, Pork, and Sausage Month.
  • Marigold Month - This flower blossoms well into October in many parts of the USA.
  • Oktoberfest - Various cities in the US celebrate this holiday on days in September and October. The famous Munich, Germany Oktoberfest lasts two whole weeks. October is also German American Heritage Month.
  • Roller Skating Month - Attend a roller derby and go to your local roller rink with friends and family.

October: Moon of the White Frost on the Grass

Moon of the White Frost on the Grass
Moon of the White Frost on the Grass | Source

First Nations and Native American Observances for October

  • Moon When Thin Ice Begins to Form on Rivers - Arapaho and Cheyenne Full Moon celebration.
  • Moon of the Falling Leaves - Arapaho, Chippewa, Ojibwe
  • Moon of the White Frost on the Grass - Algonquian
  • Moon of the Wildcat - Choctaw
  • The Moon When Bears Hibernate - Haida First Nation
  • The Young Animals Moon - Tlingit in America and Canada

It's Marigold Month

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Other Month-Long Celebrations

American Celebrations

First Week Of October

he first Monday in October is the day that the US Supreme Court begins a new yearly calendar of sessions.

In 2002, TV's First Monday followed Supreme Court Judges played by Joe Mantegna, James Garner, Charles Durning, and Camille Saviola.

It was an adaptation of the film of the same name that starred Walter Matthau and Jill Clayburgh. If you celebrate Halloween in any way, then I think dressing as the Justices would really scare your neighbors!

October 1 - Birthdays for Julie Andrews, President Jimmy Carter, and funny man Zack Galifianakis.

For some of my friends, this is Nigerian Independence Day -- I once worked with a gentleman whose father was a Nigerian judge who wrote much of the nation's Constitution.It is Independence Day also for the nations of Cyprus, Palau, and Tuvalu.

In 1888, National Geographic published their first magazine issue.

For more fun, try the International Festival of the Sahara in Tunisia, with its Bedouin culture, camel racing & wrestling, and belly dancers.

October 2nd is Model T Day

1908 Ford Model T in a Paris museum.
1908 Ford Model T in a Paris museum. | Source

First Week of October

October 2 - Gandhi and Sting's birthdays, National Janitor's Day and Model T Ford Day.

Henry Ford introduced this automobile to the public in 1908. Later, my father and his siblings drove across the country from Ohio to Colorado, stopping at drug stores to purchase gasoline. Lots of extra tires were needed, too!

This day in 1879 saw the birth of one of America's greatest poets, Wallace Stevens.

It can never be satisfied, the mind, never.

— Wallace Stevens, in his "Collected Poems"

October 3 - Hardly Strictly Bluegrass Festival in San Francisco, California.

October 4 - It's Balloon Week and at the Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta.

October 5 - The Beatles released Love Me Do in the UK in 1962.

October 6 - Mad Hatter Day! See the Mad Hatter Rap presented below.

October 7 - Actor Arnold Schwarzenegger was elected California Governor. Go to one of The Expendables movies in his honor.

The Mad Hatter Rap!

Fun Viedos Like Those Above

  • Video Credit: Damitsgood808 - YouTube

    Alex Farnham's comedy channel with comedy sketches, parodies, music videos, celebrity impersonations, mock auditions and more. Featuring MOCKSTARS and Auditions. This group of videos is quite entertaining.

World Octopus Day, October 8

Greetings! I am an octopus. I like to swim, but scientists have caught me also using tools and playing by spinning objects in water currents and catching them. I can also find my way through mazes.
Greetings! I am an octopus. I like to swim, but scientists have caught me also using tools and playing by spinning objects in water currents and catching them. I can also find my way through mazes. | Source

Second Week of October

The second Monday in October is Thanksgiving in Canada.

October 8 - World Octopus Day. These wonderful, smart octo-pedal beasts deserve their own day.

October 9 - The Day of Curious Events. Celebrate some of the world's greatest mysteries today: Area 51, Stonehenge and its extra parts, etc.

October 10 - Handbag Day and Hug a Drummer Day. This is a pleasing holiday for those who want to carry one or more handbags or to buy one or more handbags. There is probably a sale somewhere! A great kid's party would involve the children carrying one of Mom's or Grandma's old purses and maybe a hat to match. It could be the Mad Hatter’s Tea Party! (October 6.) -- And don't forget to hug a drummer.

October 11 - Elmore Leonard's birthday. Read Get Shorty or another of his humorous crime novels.

October 12 - London's Pearly Kings and Queens Harvest Festival (see photos above). In the 19th century, fruit sellers in the streets in England had pearl or mother-of-pearl buttons on the seams of their trousers.Today, they have full suits of buttons and at the festival, they collect donations for the homeless and celebrate autumn with some fun.

Henry Croft, born in 1862, learned to sew his suit of buttons as a way of gaining attention - that way, he could collect funds and donate to the orphanage in which he was raised. It's a tradition! The Pearly Kings generally design and make the clothing for the Pearlies and festival.

Pearly Kings and Queens

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At the Highgate Festival.Pearly Kings and Queens in London's Covent Garden. Suits are filled with buttons.The Pearly Kings were out on Brick Lane collecting, clad in their usual spangly suits.
At the Highgate Festival.
At the Highgate Festival. | Source
Pearly Kings and Queens in London's Covent Garden. Suits are filled with buttons.
Pearly Kings and Queens in London's Covent Garden. Suits are filled with buttons. | Source
The Pearly Kings were out on Brick Lane collecting, clad in their usual spangly suits.
The Pearly Kings were out on Brick Lane collecting, clad in their usual spangly suits. | Source
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October 13 - It's Train Your Brain Day and a fitting holiday, because October is also Brain Tumor Awareness Month. See how Music Can Save Your Brain at the embedded link. If you become tired and perplexed by Brain Twisters today, then remember that it is also Scream in Frustration Day! If that is not enough excitement, it is also Native American Day and Yorkshire Pudding Day.

October 14 - Martin Luther King Jr. won the Nobel Peace Prize in 1964.

Third Week of October

The third week of the month celebrates several days of Teen Reading Week and National School Lunch Week.

October 15 - The band Led Zeppelin debuted in England in 1968. It is National Tree Planting Day in Sri Lanka.

October 16 - It must be Elvis Day - In 1954, Presley first sang on Louisiana Hayride and in 1956, his film Love Me Tender first aired in theaters. In Europe, October 16 is Bulgarian Air Force Day.

October 17 - Starting day of Fantasy Fest in Key West, Florida in 2014.

October 18 - National Bridge Day, celebrating Base Jumpers, especially those going over the tall New River Gorge Bridge in West Virginia at Fayetteville. Be prepared and careful, if you try it.

October 19 - World Toy Camera Day. What fun! Usually, it is on the third Saturday of October and celebrates bad pictures taken with toy cameras. Look at some bad photos at WTCD.org.

I have never met a vampire personally, but I don't know what might happen tomorrow.

— Bela Lugosi, born on October 20

Most Famous Dracula

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Bela Lugosi, famous on stage and screen. Lugosi at age 18.
Bela Lugosi, famous on stage and screen.
Bela Lugosi, famous on stage and screen.
Lugosi at age 18.
Lugosi at age 18.

October 20 - Dracula's Birthday...or at least it is Bela Lugosi's Birthday. He was a great stage actor, even playing Jesus Christ and Romeo, before he became The Count on stage in 1931 and then on screen for Universal Pictures in 1933.

His worldwide fame broke ground for today's Twilight and True Blood popularity. When London audiences first saw Lugosi on stage and heard his accent, they gasped and some screamed in terror.

Lugosi's birth name was Bela Blasko and he was from Lugos, Hungary. He spoke out publicly against the McCarthy Era Blacklist targeting actors with supposed Communist sympathies and he became so impassioned, he switched from English to Hungarian. The crowd of listeners cried at the emotion in his voice, despite not understanding a word of his speech.

A fun mystery novel starring Bela Lugosi is called Never Cross a Vampire, by famous author Stuart Kaminsky; Bela helps Toby Peters solve an odd case of vampires and rumors of vampires.

October 21 - Independence, Kansas in 1918 began the Neewollah Festival with parades and beauty queens to replace nasty pranks and vandalism. It's Halloween turned around with carnival rides, live music, major theater, a 10k run, pumpkin contests, street performers, a chili cook off, and more. Many Midwestern towns are holding this holiday in October. Check your city announcements for your area. This is also Count Your Buttons Day (see October 12).

Supremes A' Go-Go Album Released October 22, 1966

Fourth Week of October

World Origami Days begin during the fourth week of October.

October 22 - More music! -- The Supremes become the girl group to hit #1 Album with The Supremes A' Go-Go in 1966.

October 23 - TV Talk Show Host Day. I do not know how to celebrate this one, but we have a trainload of TV hosts from which to choose. You might throw a party where attendees dress as and imitate their favorite hosts. Have a late-night TV Host Contest and whoever wins, that's the late show your guests will watch. In Europe, October 23 is for remembrance of the Hungarian Revolution of 1956, the year Bela Lugosi died.

October 24 - Life is Beautiful is a new festival as of October 2013 and lasts for three days of music, arts, and food in Las Vegas.

October 25 - Romanian Army Day, celebrated with parades and drills. Transylvania is in Romania.

October 26 - National Mincemeat Day. Most people no longer know what mincemeat is, so here's some information and recipes. to go along with it, here is some material about how mincemeat pie was once illegal: Mincemeat and Other Traditions at Christmas.

October 27 - United States Navy Day. Thank a US Armed Forces man and woman for their service to our country. Listen to the US Navy Band, if you get the chance.

October 28 - The Lord of Miracles feast day or festival. Hundreds of thousands of the believers from all over the world gather in Lima, Peru to march in the annual procession of commemoration of Jesus Christ, the Lord of Miracles. Food and fellowship follow the procession.

I love zombies. If any monster could Riverdance, it would be zombies.

― Craig Ferguson

Famous Monsters of Filmland

October Fun Days Quiz for You

Fifth Week of October

During the last week of October, four major sports leagues pay important games. They are the NBA, Major League Baseball World Series, NFL, and NHL.

October 29 - Frankenstein Day or Frankenstein Friday, if it's the last Friday of the month. Boris Karloff was and is one of the Famous Monsters of Filmland about whom Forrest J. Ackerman often wrote. Bela Lugosi once played the Frankenstein monster as well. HolidayInsights.com tells us that the day was invented by Ron MacCloskey of Westfield NJ, the same town that was home to Charles Addams of the The Addams Family.

Today is also Cat Day - Boris Karloff and Bela Lugosi starred in The Black Cat, but cats star all over the Internet every day.

October 30 - International Quilt Festival, Houston Texas. Pennsylvania Collegiate Choral Festival at East Stroudsburg University in East Stroudsburg, Pennsylvania. Hong Kong Wine & Dine Festival annually since 2009 in Hong King with 140,000+ visitors.

October 31 - This year, celebrate Nevada Day or visit the free Brussels Light Festival, an immersive artistic experience of lighted buildings and light shows. Fireworks at night are put on, in part, by the orphans of Le Petit Château, the home for refugees.

© 2014 Patty Inglish

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Ericdierker 2 years ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

Thank you, many of us great ones were born in October ;-)


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Patty Inglish, MS 2 years ago from North America Author

Happy Birthday, Ericdierker!


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randomcreative 2 years ago from Milwaukee, Wisconsin

I always love learning about these random holidays. Thanks for the great resource!


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JYOTI KOTHARI 2 years ago from Jaipur

Hi Patty,

Very rich with information. I could never imagine of so many events and celebrations in a month! Rated up and awesome.


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RonElFran 2 years ago from Mechanicsburg, PA

I agree with Eric! I never knew I shared my birth month with Bela Lugosi. I don't think I'll tell anyone about that - they might say it's only too appropriate a connection.


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mckbirdbks 2 years ago from Emerald Wells, Just off the crossroads,Texas

Wow, who knew October was so jammed packed with holidays, moons, and to top it off with Dracula's birthday and beer. This is yet another article packed with useful information.


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Patty Inglish, MS 2 years ago from North America Author

@randomcreative - I found hundreds of additional birthdays and historical dates in October, along with holidays around the world that are gaining some recognition,. October is just not long enough!


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Patty Inglish, MS 2 years ago from North America Author

@JYOTI KOTHARI - Thanks so much for reading and rating this Hub. It is difficult to believe that so many special dates exist, but then time is passing and the world is growing in populations!


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Patty Inglish, MS 2 years ago from North America Author

@RonElFran What fun! If it might be appropriate, then you and Eric can make a new horror film for us. A friend in Michigan might produce it.


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Patty Inglish, MS 2 years ago from North America Author

@mckbirdbks - Yes, yes! Can you put all those elements into a story? :)


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Writer Fox 2 years ago from the wadi near the little river

This is amazing! I never knew there were so many special days in October. (How come I never heard about cookie month before?)

I don't know how you found all of this information, but this is a fantastic list. Bookmarking for the future and sharing now.


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Patty Inglish, MS 2 years ago from North America Author

Hi Writer Fox!

I guess I keep a lot of notes from all the places I visit and history classes I've taken, and other things. It's fun. October is sure crowded! Glad you found Cookie Month at last! :)


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Rachael Tate 2 years ago from England

Seriously there's a Mad Hatter Day!?!? You've made me so happy!


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Patty Inglish, MS 2 years ago from North America Author

Yippeeee! Someone else likes Mad Hatter's Day! Thanks, Rachel.


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Patty Inglish, MS 2 years ago from North America Author

Good to hear that - Happy writing!


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teaches12345 2 years ago

I finally have an excuse to eat more cookies! I am so glad I caught this before Handbag day passed. Definitely celebrating that one with a new purse! Loved your article and the facts posted.


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Patty Inglish, MS 2 years ago from North America Author

Fill your new handbag with cookies and have a wonderful time! I should have added a photo of Cookie Monster.


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Julie K Henderson 20 months ago

Do I have to wait until October to hug a drummer? Thank you for this fun post.


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Patty Inglish, MS 20 months ago from North America Author

I think we should have permission to hug a drummer any day of the year! Do you have a favorite drummer?


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Julie K Henderson 20 months ago

I do not have a favorite drummer, but I remember years ago thinking the drummer from the band Guster was pretty amazing.


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Patty Inglish, MS 20 months ago from North America Author

Hug a drummer today! :)

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