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Wednesday, October 1, 2014

October Holidays and Activities

Listed below are interesting holidays, celebrations, important dates, and events for October. Icons indicate an activity from one of Toolbox Training’s 100 Activities series of books or activity card sets. Hover over the icon for specific references to exact activities.

You can also click on links for additional information on dates. Many of these connect directly to activities on the Toolbox Training blog, but some are off-site links.


World Vegetarian Day

Homemade Cookies Day

Day for the Elderly (International)

World Habitat Day


Custodial Worker Day

Name Your Car Day

Peanuts comic strip first published (1950)

World Farm Animals Day

Spiritual leader Mahatma Gandhi’s Birthday (1869)


First airing of children’s TV show Captain Kangaroo (1955)


First space vehicle launched (1957)

Toot Your Flute Day


Do Something Nice Day

Story Telling Day

World Teacher's Day


German American Day

Thomas Edison shows first motion picture (1889)

Photocopying patented (1942)


Bald and Free Day

Frugal Fun Day


Children's Day


Curious Events Day

Fire Prevention Day

Leif Erikson Day

Moldy Cheese Day

First two-way telephone conversation (1876)

Sewing machine patented (1955)


Angel Food Cake Day


It’s My Party Day

Take Your Teddy Bear to Work Day

First lady Eleanor Roosevelt's Birthday (1884)


School Celebration Day

Farmer's Day

Moment of Frustration Day

Emergency Nurses Day


Happy Birthday to the “Happy Birthday” song; originally published as “Good Morning to All” (1893)


Dessert Day


Grouch Day

Poetry Day


World Food Day

Boss Day

Dictionary Day

School Librarian Day


Black Poetry Day

Wear Something Gaudy Day


Puerto Rico became U.S. Colony (1898)


Star-Spangled Banner first sung (1814)

Evaluate Your Life Day


Fruit Day


Babbling Day

Count Your Buttons Day

Tater tots trademarked (1958)


Clean Up the Earth Day (6 months after Earth Day)

Nut Day


TV Talk Show Host Day

Mole Day

Canned Food Day


United Nations Day

Bologna Day


Artist Pablo Picasso's Birthday (1881)

Denim Day

Punk-for-a-Day Day


Make a Difference Day

Mule Day

International Red Cross organized (1863)


Navy Day

President Teddy Roosevelt's Birthday (1858)

Nintendo hand-held video game trademarked (1992)


Statue of Liberty officially accepted on behalf of U.S. by President Grover Cleveland (1886)

Plush Animal Lover's Day

Chocolate Day


Hermit Day

Frankenstein Day

Internet Day (International)

Stock Market Crash (1929)


Candy Corn Day

Mischief Night

Ballpoint pen patented (1888)



Magic Day

Increase Your Psychic Powers Day

Floating Holidays:

Specialty Weeks:

1st week:
  • Bank Teller Appreciation Week
  • Customer Service Week
  • Get Organized Week (1-7)
  • Human Service Professional Awareness Week
  • Newspaper Week
  • Pickled Pepper Week
2nd week:
  • Chili Week
  • Fire Prevention Week
  • Pet Peeve Week
  • School Lunch Week
  • Squirrel Awareness Week 3rd week:
  • Business Women's Week
  • Consumers Week
  • Forest Products Week
  • Getting the World to Beat a Path to Your Door Week
  • Kids Care Week
  • Pharmacy Week
  • Teen Read Week
  • Veterinary Week
  • Wolf Awareness Week 4th week:
  • Magic Week
  • Peace, Friendship, and Good Will Week
  • School Bus Safety Week
  • World Rainforest Week
    Specialty Months:

    • Adopt a Dog Month/Adopt a Shelter Pet Month
    • AIDS Awareness Month
    • American Magazine Month
    • Apple Month
    • Breast Cancer Awareness Month
    • Car Care Month
    • Caramel Month
    • Child Health Month
    • Christmas Seal Campaign Month
    • Clergy Appreciation Month
    • Clock Month
    • Communicate with Your Kid Month
    • Computer Learning Month
    • Consumer Information Month
    • Cookie Month
    • Cosmetology Month
    • Country Music Month
    • Crime Prevention Month
    • Dental Hygiene Month
    • Depression Education & Awareness Month
    • Dessert Month
    • Dinosaur Month
    • Diversity Awareness Month
    • Do-It Yourself Month
    • Domestic Violence Awareness Month
    • Drum Month (International)
    • Eat Country Ham Month
    • Energy Awareness Month
    • Family History Month
    • Fantasy Month
    • Fire Prevention Month
    • Hunger Awareness Month
    • Lupus Awareness Month
    • Orthodontic Month
    • Pasta Month
    • Pharmacy Month
    • Pickled Pepper Month
    • Pizza Month
    • Polish American History Month
    • Popcorn Popping Month
    • Pork Month
    • Pretzel Month
    • Roller Skating Month
    • Sarcastic Month
    • Seafood Month
    • SIDS Awareness Month
    • Stamp Collector Month
    • UNICEF Month
    • Vegetarian Awareness Month
    • World Chocolate Awareness Month
    • Youth Against Tobacco Month

  • Check out other months or return to activity calendar page.

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