Every Celebration-Worthy October Holiday Leading Up to Halloween

Today marks the first day of October, which means there are only 30 days until one of the best fall holidays—Halloween.

Rather than spending these next 30 days sitting idly as you count down the moment 'til it's officially All Hallows' Eve, celebrate these wacky holidays every day this month.

Oct. 1

Walk Your Dog Day: Grab your pup, put a leash on 'em and take them on the best walk they've ever had. They definitely deserve it.

World Vegetarian Day: Celebrate all the herbivores of the world by daring to be vegetarian for a whole day. Can you survive?

 

Oct. 2

World Farm Animals Day: Chickens, pigs and cows need love, too. Visit a farm, if you can, and give those adorable farm animals some much needed attention.

Dakota Fanning washing a pig in Charlotte's Web

(Charlotte's Web via Paramount Pictures)

Phileas Fogg's Wager Day: In Around the World in 80 Days by Jules Verne, Phileas Fogg bet that he could travel around the world in 80 days. He made that wager on Oct. 2. Now you don't have to travel around the world, but you should give this novel a read.

 

Oct. 3

Techie's Day: Take time today to learn more about all things technology. Who knows, you may end up pursuing a career in the field.

World Architecture Day: Celebrate the finest architecture that surrounds you by taking a trip around your city. Don't forget to take lots of pics for Instagram.

 

Oct. 4

Cinnamon Roll Day: Whether you visit Cinnabon or make some cinnamon rolls of your own, the best way to celebrate this holiday is by eating an ooey-gooey pastry.

Taco Day: Save some room in your stomach for tacos, too. You're welcome to join us for a massive Taco Bell run.

Karen Smith mean girls taco bell quote

(Mean Girls via Paramount Pictures)

World Animal Day: This day goes out to all the sweet little animals of the world. We love them more than they'll ever know.

 

Oct. 5

World Teachers Day: Celebrate the most beloved teacher in your life by bringing them a little gift. You'll be their fave in no time.

Walk to School Day: Grab your besties and hike on over to school, but only if you live a reasonable distance away.

Pet Obesity Awareness Day: If your pet's a little on the chubby side, today's the day to put them on a diet. Or not. Embrace their curvy figure!

National Kale Day: Eat that leafy green like it's nobody's business.

 

Oct. 6

Mad Hatter Day: Since the Mad Hatter is a bit of an oddball in Alice in Wonderland, it only makes sense that this holiday is all about making crazy things seem sane. So go ahead and act insane, because it'll be seen as totally normal.

Johnny Depp as the Mad Hatter in Alice in Wonderland

(Alice in Wonderland via Walt Disney Pictures)

Libraries Day: Visit your local library and check out a book to get in the holiday spirit. It's that easy.

 

Oct. 7

World Smile Day: Flash a smile or do something nice for someone. This day is all about making the world a positive, happier place.

You Matter to Me Day: Some people mean more to you than words can express. Text them the four-word phrase "You matter to me" to remind them they're appreciated.

 

Oct. 8

Octopus Day: These intelligent invertebrates deserve some serious recognition, so give it to them however you want on a day dedicated to them.

Universal Music Day: All you have to do to celebrate is blast your favorite tunes all day long.

 

Oct. 9

Chess Day: If you know how to play chess, get a game going. If you don't, take today to learn.

Leif Erikson Day: You probs know about it from SpongeBob SquarePants, but it's actually a real holiday. On this very day, Norse explorer Leif Erikson and his crew were the first Europeans to touch down in North America, centuries before Christopher Columbus.

Spongebob Squarepants dressed up in a viking helmet and beard for leaf erikson day

(SpongeBob SquarePants via Nickelodeon)

 

Oct. 10

Handbag Day: Add to your collection of handbags by purchasing a new one.

 

Oct. 11

International Day of the Girl: This day is deeply important day, because it's all about female empowerment.

Food Truck Day: Pay a visit to your fave food truck or go to one you've never been to before and get your grub on.

Face Your Fears Day: Set out to accomplish overcoming one of your fears today. It'll be difficult, but well worth the struggle.

 

Oct. 12

International Moment of Frustration Scream Day: Gather all that anger and stress you've pent up and let it all out with a 30-second scream.

Girl screaming

(Hocus Pocus via Walt Disney Pictures)

Take Your Parents to Lunch Day: Do something nice for the people who raised you and take them out to eat. It doesn't have to be anything fancy, because it's the thought that counts.

 

Oct. 13

Silly Sayings Day: Write down the most bizarro phrase you know and share it with your friends. Giggles will be happening non-stop today.

International Day for Failure: Failure happens. It's a part of life. Instead of letting those mistakes get you down, remind yourself how they make your successes that much sweeter.

 

Oct. 14

Costume Swap Day: Don't know what you're going to be for Halloween yet? Swap your costumes with your squad and maybe you'll find one you like. Easy as pie!

Family Bowling Day: A bowling night with the fam is always a good time.

Spider-Man Day: Your friendly neighborhood Spider-Man deserves all the props for keeping the streets of NYC safe.

Andrew Garfield in the amazing spider-man 2

(The Amazing Spider-Man 2 via Columbia Pictures)

World Egg Day: Get to cracking, because those egg-inspired dishes aren't going to cook themselves.

 

Oct. 15

Sweetest Day: Of all the days of the year, today is the time to finally make a move on your crush, seeing as it's all about sharing romantic deeds or expressions.

Global Hand Washing Day: We hope you wash your hands every day, but give them an extra rinse for this holiday.

I Love Lucy Day: Binge watch this classic '50s sitcom with your family to commemorate the day it first aired on TV.

Chocolate scene in I Love Lucy

(I Love Lucy via Desilu Productions)

Cake Decorating Day: Simplest way to celebrate this day? Decorate a cake, duh. Or purchase one from a bakery and take all the credit.

Grouch Day: Today's the one day you have an excuse to act grouchy. Unleash your inner Grumpy Cat.

 

Oct. 16

Dictionary Day: Noah Webster published his first dictionary on Oct. 16 and, well, the rest is history. Learn a new word in observance of this special day.

Feral Cat Day: Leave some cat food out for all those stray kitties you see roaming around. This day also serves as a reminder to spay and neuter your pets.

 

Oct. 17

Wear Something Gaudy Day: That over-the-top bedazzled blouse you have hanging in the back of your closet. Wear it. It's what the day requires you to do.

Pasta Day: Whether it's spaghetti, penne, fusilli or ravioli, whichever noodle tickles your fancy, boil it in some water and consume it to your heart's content.

Lady and the tramp sharing spaghetti

(Lady and the Tramp via Walt Disney Productions)

 

Oct. 18

Chocolate Cupcake Day: Hit up Sprinkles or your preferred bakery and treat yourself to this chocolatey confection.

 

Oct. 19

Hagfish Day: You probably have no idea what a hagfish is. Rather than tell you, use this day to discover this creature in greater detail.

 

Oct. 20

Conflict Resolution Day: Time to end all those outstanding quarrels you've got happening in your life.

 

Oct. 21

Celebration of the Mind Day: You're one intelligent individual, and don't you ever forget it. Take time today to appreciate your brain. Even add some nuggets of knowledge, if you feel up to it.

Reptile Awareness Day: Because even these scaly creatures need some serious affection now and then.

Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's stone snake escaping from zoo

(Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone via Warner Bros.)

 

Oct. 22

Caps Locks Day: Everything you type or write, do it in all caps. Everyone will think you're yelling at them. It'll be great.

Nut Day: Peanuts, cashews or almonds, get a little mix of your favorite nuts going and you'll be well on your way.

Make a Difference Day: Get involved and make the world a better place. Anyone can do it, especially when the day requires it.

Pit Bull Awareness Day: If you have a pit bull or know someone who does, give them lots of treats and spend some time snuggling with these sweet pups.

 

Oct. 23

iPod Day: If you still own one of these dinosaurs, use it to listen to your music all day long. But you're only allowed to listen to your fave jams on an iPod and nothing else. Challenge accepted?

 

Oct. 25

International Artists Day: Give props to your favorite artist, whoever they may be, by posting a simple pic on your Insta. If you're feeling adventurous, visit a museum in your area.

Sourest Day: Be a total pessimist all you want today and get the negative energy out of you, so you can be an optimist every other day of the year.

Oscar the grouch in his trash can

(Sesame Street via Sesame Workshop)

 

Oct. 26

Howl at the Moon Night: Let your inner wolf shine through as you howl at the moon tonight—awooo!

 

Oct. 28

Chocolates Day: You know what to do for this holiday: Eat all the chocolates! Make Willy Wonka proud.

 

Oct. 29

Internet Day: Explore the internet all day today. It's not an addiction, it's a lifestyle.

Cat Day: Is there a better holiday in the month of October? Don't think so. Get cozy with your furry feline or watch cat videos on the internet.

Walt Disney's The Aristocats drinking milk from saucers

(The Aristocats via Walt Disney Productions)

 

Oct. 30

Haunted Refrigerator Night: It's about time you explored your fridge, because you never know what evils lurk within—muahahaha!

Candy Corn Day: These bite-sized candies may get a bad rap, but we think they're rather tasty. Have a handful on us.

Visit a Cemetery Day: Thank you're brave enough to partake in this holiday's celebration? Prove it.

 

Oct. 31

Knock-Knock Jokes Day: Know a stellar knock-knock joke? Share it!

Caramel Apple Day: Eat one of these sugary bad boys before you go trick-or-treating and you'll surely have plenty of energy to stay out all night.

Enchanted caramel apple scene

(Enchanted via Buena Vista Pictures)

Magic Day: Yes, this holiday is all about magic. But it's more so meant to celebrate the life of world-renowned magician Harry Houdini.

 

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