October Holidays, Observances & Awareness Dates


Happy October! Now that fall is officially here and we are starting a brand new month, we can start looking forward to the Halloween season and the start of the holidays – but first, there are several noteworthy holidays and observances to consider. From Breast Cancer Awareness Month and Banned Books Week to Get to Know Your Customer Day, World Teachers Day and even National Noodle Day, there are plenty of reasons to celebrate, learn something new or spread some awareness in October. Here are all of the holidays, observances and awareness dates for this month.


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October 1: International Day of Older Persons

October 1: International Music Day

October 2: International Day of Non-Violence

October 2: World Farm Animals Day

October 3: World Temperance Day

October 4: Hoshanah Rabbah (Final Day of Sukkot)

October 4: National Taco Day

October 4: St. Francis of Assisi’s Feast Day

October 5: Blue Shirt Day World Day of Bullying Prevention (First Monday in October)

October 5: World Habitat Day

October 5: World Teacher’s Day

October 6: National Noodle Day

October 7: World Cerebral Palsy Day (First Wednesday in October)

October 8: World Sight Day (Second Thursday in October)

October 9: Leif Erikson Day

October 9: Submarine Hoagie Hero Grinder Day

October 10: World Mental Health Day

October 11: Clergy (or Pastor) Appreciation Day (Second Sunday in October)

October 11: Coming Out Day

October 12: Columbus Day (Second Monday in October)

October 13: International Day for Disaster Reduction

October 13: US Navy Birthday (USN)

October 14: Stop America’s Violence Everywhere (SAVE) Today (Second Wednesday in October)

October 15: Get to Know Your Customer Day (Third Thursday of the Start of Each Quarter, Jan/April/July/Oct)

October 16: Spirit Day

October 17: National Pasta Day

October 21: National Pumpkin Cheesecake Day

October 24: United Nations Day

October 25: National Greasy Foods Day

October 26: Pumpkin Day

October 27: Make a Difference Day

October 28: National Chocolate Day

October 31: Halloween

October 31: National Caramel Apple Day



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September 27 – October 3: Active Aging Week

September 27 – October 3: Banned Books Week (Fourth Week of September)

Evening of September 27 – Evening of October 4: Sukkot

October 3 – 4: National Fallen Firefighters Memorial Weekend

October 4 – 10: Emergency Nurses Week

October 4 – 10: Fire Prevention Week (Second Week of October)

October 5 – 9: Customer Service Week

October 5 – 9: Drive Safely Work Week

October 5 – 9: Pediatric Nursing Week

October 5 – 11: National Healthcare Food Service Workers Week

October 6 – 12: Animal Welfare Week (First Week of October)

October 6 – 12: Financial Planning Week (First Mon-Sun Week in October)

October 12 – 18: Healthcare Security & Safety Officers Week

Evening of October 13 – Evening of October 14: Islamic New Year

October 18 – 24: International Infection Prevention Week

October 19 – 23: National Health Education Week

October 19 – 23: National School Bus Safety Week

October 19 – 25: National Teen Driver Safety Week

October 20 – November 9: Winter Weather Preparedness Week (Dates Vary by State)

October 24 – 26: Pumpkin Chunkin Days

October 25 – 31: National Red Ribbon Week (Last week of October)




Adopt a Shelter Dog Month

American Pharmacists Month

Campaign for Healthier Babies Month

Celiac Disease Awareness Month

Child Health Month

Class Reunion Month

Computer Learning Month

Consumer Information Month

Cookbook Month

Crime Prevention Month

Eat Better, Eat Together Month

Employee Ownership Month

Fair Trade Month

Family Health Month

Financial Planning Month

Fire Prevention Month

Gay and Lesbian History Month

German-American Heritage Month

Global Diversity Awareness Month

Halloween Safety Month

Hunger Awareness Month

Long-Term Care Planning Month

Lupus Awareness Month

Month of Freethought

National AIDS Awareness Month

National Bake and Decorate Month

National Book Month

National Breast Cancer Awareness Month

National Bullying Prevention Awareness Month

National Chili Month

National Dental Hygiene Month

National Depression Education and Awareness Month

National Domestic Violence Awareness Month

National Down Syndrome Awareness Month

National Pasta Month

National Pet Wellness Month

National Pregnancy and Infant Loss Awareness Month

National Seafood Month

National Sudden Infant Death Syndrome Awareness Month

Polish-American Heritage Month

Positive Attitude Month

Self-Promotion Month


Vegetarian Month

Youth Against Tobacco Month


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