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Things to Do in October with Your Family

Updated on February 28, 2013
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You may be surprised to learn that October has many family friendly holidays, not just Halloween. Here are some fun holidays options to celebrate in October.

October 2 - Name Your Car Day

Name Your Car Day is October 2nd. On this day, you and your family can pick names for your vehicles. It would also be a great day to give your cars some tender loving care. You could teach your kids how to check and change the oil.

October 3 - Techies Day

Techies Day is October 3rd. This would be a great day for you and your kids to learn about careers in technology. It would also be a good time to thank the IT people (both at home and at work) in your life for all their support.

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Golf Ball | Source

October 4 - National Golf Day

National Golf Day falls on October 4th. You and your family can celebrate by:

  1. Going golfing.
  2. Playing mini-golf.
  3. Going to a driving range.
  4. Taking golf lessons.
  5. Buying golf clubs.
  6. Dressing in golf attire.

October 5 - Do Something Nice Day

October 5th is Do Something Nice Day. To celebrate, you and your family can:

  1. All think of something nice to do for someone else. Maybe you can even keep it a secret so they don't know you did it for them.
  2. Visit someone who is elderly or sick.
  3. Feed parking meters when they are about to expire.
  4. Bring chicken noodle soup to someone who is sick.
  5. Visit Vets at a Veteran's Hospital.
  6. Mow a neighbors lawn.
  7. Pick up litter.

First Saturday in October - International Frugal Fun Day

Celebrate International Frugal Fun Day by finding ways to have fun inexpensively. You can:

  1. Play board games.
  2. Ride bikes.
  3. Jump rope.
  4. Rollerblade.
  5. Go for a hike.
  6. Have a pot luck dinner with friends.

October 5th - World Teachers Day

World Teachers Day is on October 5th. To celebrate, do something nice for the teachers in your life. You can:

  1. Have the kiddos make cards for their teachers.
  2. Give them a gift.
  3. Give them a gift certificate to get a manicure or a pedicure.

Real Mad Hatters

Did you know that in the 8th Century hat makers used mercury in their process to make hats? The mercury caused many hat makers to go crazy.

October 6 - Mad Hatter Day

The Mad Hatter is a character in Alice in Wonderland. He is always seen with a hat on that has a slip of paper tucked into it that says 10/6. Therefore, it was very logical to make Mad Hatter Day on October 6th even though the Mad Hatter is not logical at all. Today is a day to be whimsical. Do fun, crazy things you wouldn't normally do. And, of course, watch or read Alice in Wonderland.

October 7 - World Smile Day

The theme of World Smile Day is "Do an act of kindness, help one person smile." So, you and your family can brainstorm some acts of kindness to perform together or individually and then go out and do them. And remember to smile at everyone today because smiling is contagious.

Kids Playing Snatch the Fish
Kids Playing Snatch the Fish | Source

October 8 - American Touch Tag Day

One of the most fun children's games is tag. To play, you designate a base and someone who is "It". Everyone else is "Not It". The person that is "It" must tag the other people out and then they are "It". The person that is "It" constantly changes. The person that is "It" cannot tag someone while on base. There are many variations to this game.

Freeze Tag is another variation that is often played. When the person that is "It" tags you, you have to freeze until another player touches you to unfreeze you. If everyone becomes frozen the round is over and the person that is "It" chooses who is "It" next.

Since October 8th is American Touch Tag Day, play the game with the kids in the neighborhood. Kids usually play this on their own but if their parents join in the fun the game should get pretty heated.

October 9 - Fire Prevention Day

Fire Prevention Day is on October 9th. This is a great day to:

  1. Talk to your kids about fire safety.
  2. Teach yoru kids how to use a fire extinguisher.
  3. Make a house evacuation plan in case there is a fire. Practice the plan.
  4. Teach your kids to stop, drop, and roll.

October 10 - National Angel Food Cake Day

National Angel Food Cake Day is October 10th. You can make your own angel food cake for dessert or buy one at the store.

October 11 - It's My Party Day

It's My Party Day is on October 11th. To celebrate you can:

  1. Play "It's My Party" by Lesley Gore. I bet your kids have never heard the song.
  2. Invite friends over for a pot luck.
  3. Throw a themed party. Since its October you could do a fall theme or a Halloween theme. You could also do a Game Night theme.

It's My Party by Lesley Gore

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Petting Cows | Source
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Baby Calf | Source

October 12 - Old Farmers Day

Old Farmers Day is October 12th. Since my dad is a farmer we are definitely going to have to celebrate this holiday in my family. We will probably spend the day at the farm to celebrate. We actually always go down to the farm around this time for pumpkin picking.You could also celebrate by:

  1. Visiting a farm for pumpkin picking.
  2. Go to a farmer's market.
  3. Draw pictures of farms.
  4. Visit a petting zoo.
  5. Prep your own garden for next year.
  6. Sing "Old MacDonald had a farm."

October 14 - Columbus Day

Columbus Day is on October 14th. This day celebrates Christopher Columbus' travel to the "New World." To celebrate you can:

  1. Go on-line to "1492: An Ongoing Voyage" hosted by the Library of Congress.
  2. Eat what sailors of the time ate. Their diets mainly consisted of pork, beef, salted fish, honey, cheese, molasses, raisins, olive oil, almonds, garlic, and rice. See what dishes you can make using these ingredients.

October 15 - White Cane Safety Day

White Cane Safety Day is October 15th. The white cane is a symbol of independence for those who are blind or visually impaired. This holiday celebrates their achievements. To celebrate you and your family can:

  1. Learn about the organizations for the blind in your community. Find out what you can do to help.
  2. Talk to your kids about what it means to have a white cane and what you can do to help, especially as a motorist.

October 16 - Dictionary Day

October 16th is Dictionary Day so you could break out your dictionary and flip to a page and learn a new word. Or you could get competitive and have a spelling contest.

October 17 - Wear Something Gaudy Day

Wear Something Gaudy Day is October 17th. You and your family could spread the word about this holiday a couple weeks in advance and encourage everyone you know to participate. Then, of course, wear your gaudiest outfit on this day. The more people that participate the more fun this holiday will be.

October 19 - Evaluate Your Life Day

October 19th is Evaluate Your Life Day. This is a great time to reflect both individually and as a family on the state of your life. What are you happy about? What would you like to change? How can you go about making that change? This could be the first step to a happier and healthier life!

Flag of the United Nations
Flag of the United Nations | Source

October 24 - United Nations Day

United Nations Day is on October 24th. To celebrate you and your family can:

  1. Participate in local celebrations of this holiday.
  2. Use a globe to find countries or play a game where kids have to find the country based on the clues you give them like "find the country in Europe that is shaped like a boot."
  3. Make dinner with a mixture of foods from different countries.
  4. Practice another language for the day. Know a little Spanish? You and your family can work on honing your skills.
  5. Check out just how much the United Nations does by going to

October 25 - World Pasta Day

October 25th is World Pasta Day so this is a great day to eat pasta. Maybe try a new recipe or make pasta noodles from scratch!

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October 29 - National Frankenstein Day

National Frankenstein Day commemorates the writing of Mary Shelley's novel, "Frankenstein." To celebrate, you and your family can:

  1. Dress up as Frankenstein or the Bride of Frankenstein.
  2. Watch a Frankenstein Movie or The Munsters.
  3. Sing "The Monster Mash."


October 31 - Halloween

You probably have set traditions for Halloween each year. We carve pumpkins, hand out candy, and take the kids trick or treating.


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