31 Reasons to Celebrate in October

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Aside from the obvious Night of Fright (aka Halloween), there are tons of reasons to celebrate during the month of October. It is officially autumn, which means cute, cozy fall apparel, your favorite chilly weather recipes, and beautiful foliage! October is jam-packed with fun, foodie holidays, international celebrations, and some weird, wonderful reasons to smile.

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    October 1: World Vegetarian Day

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    Here's some good news for the whopping 375 million vegetarians around the world: Veggie-friendly food has come a long way since the bland tofu and homemade granola bites from days of old. These days, you can find a veggie version of nearly any dish, from classic shepherds pies to totally stacked burgers and cozy casseroles. Often times, the veggie versions are healthier than the originals. Try some of these recipes and we promise you won't even miss the meat!

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    October 2: National Kale Day

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    Some people think of kale as a kind of bland, bitter, crunchy, cruciferous green that used to only be used as a garnish. With the right ingredients, this super healthy green can be totally delicious. Whether you add it to your favorite veggie soup, sautee it with ground sausage, pasta, and Parmesan cheese, or even blend it into a morning smoothie, kale will deliver a major dose of vitamins K and E, and gut-healthy fiber. It doesn't hurt that it tastes pretty darn good, either.

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    October 3: Mean Girls Appreciation Day

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    A mid-2000s comedy classic, "Mean Girls" is more than just a movie, it's basically a way of life for some. Not only did "Mean Girls" give us old adages like, "On Wednesdays, we wear pink," or "Stop trying to make 'fetch' happen!" but it also solidified Tina Fey, the film's writer, as a comedic genius.

    To celebrate Mean Girls Appreciation Day, start with an extra-large, pink polo shirt from your dad and make amends with anyone in your own personal Burn Book.

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    October 4: Cinnamon Roll Day

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    Ooey, gooey, and best served warm with fresh coffee, cinnamon rolls are the definitive breakfast for those chilly, fall weekends. You can find store-bought cinnamon rolls anywhere, but this month, try prepping your own with homemade dough. If you really want to take your cinnamon rolls to the next level, layer pieces of lightly baked bacon into your strips of dough before baking. You won't be sorry.

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    October 5: World Card Making Day

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    Between work, endless household chores, and your kids' busy schedules, it can be tough to keep in touch with friends and family. On this day, dedicate a few minutes to crafting a handmade card for a friend or family member you haven't spoken to in a while. It doesn't have to be fancy; try an easy, DIYable idea. It's guaranteed to make your recipient's entire week.

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    October 6: Garlic Lovers Day

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    Any garlic lover will tell you: When it comes to adding fresh garlic to food, don't let a recipe tell you how much to add; let your heart tell you. Then maybe just double up on the mouthwash after dinner. If you're not a total garlic lover, try roasting a bulb of garlic with olive oil and spreading the soft garlic over fresh, crusty bread.

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    October 7: National Flower Day

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    Believe it or not, National Flower Day isn't in the springtime. It's a full-on fall festivity! If you want to save a few bucks on fresh flowers and give Mother Earth a bit of a break, opt for in-season blooms, like Russian sage, goldenrod, or Chrysanthemums. They're just as beautiful as more popular flowers but require fewer resources to grow and harvest during their peak season.

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    October 8: National Pierogi Day

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    Stuffed with your choice of meats, cheeses, potatoes, or veggies, fried in butter, and topped with sour cream and onions, pierogis are essentially tiny pockets of heaven. What's more? There is such a thing as dessert pierogis. Try cinnamon and apples or strawberries and cream.

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    October 9: International Beer and Pizza Day

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    Chocolate and peanut butter. Lucy and Ethel. Macaroni and cheese. Some duos that are just so good, they basically demand celebration. Pizza and beer are just that!

    Forget about your diet and dig into the cheesiest, greasiest pizza you can get your hands on, then wash it down with an ice cold beer. Looking for the perfect pairing? Opt for a crisp, hoppy brew to sip with your 'za. The bitterness of the beer will cut the richness of the pizza, leaving you with a perfectly balanced palate.

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    October 10: National Angel Food Cake Day

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    Light, fluffy, and extremely versatile, angel food cake is the delicious, blank slate of the baking world. Top it with coconut icing, chocolate frosting, or berries for a sweet treat!

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    October 11: Southern Food Heritage Day

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    Southern cooking has undergone a bit of a renaissance in the last few years, with chefs like Sean Brock blending classic, southern cooking with fine dining experiences.

    If you haven't prepped southern food yet, try some simple recipes like shrimp gumbo, Carolina rice with ham, or homemade biscuits with gravy. Not only do these dishes showcase the delicious flavors found in the south, but they're jam-packed with history, too.

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    October 12: National Gumbo Day

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    This southern staple, which is actually the state food of Louisiana, is the definition of southern comfort food. With ingredients like fresh shellfish or meat, super strong stock, and the "Holy Trinity" (otherwise known as bell peppers, onions, and celery) homemade gumbo is packed with flavor. Add your favorite hot sauce or Cajun seasoning for an extra kick.

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    October 13: Good Samaritan Day

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    When was the last time you did a good deed? Whether you help an elderly neighbor take out their trash, treat a friend to a home cooked meal, or make a donation to your favorite charity, reach out and do some good.

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    October 14: National Dessert Day

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    Today is the day to truly indulge in a delicious dessert. Dig into a slice of blueberry pie or a banana split and enjoy it!

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    October 15: National Cheese Curd Day

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    No one ever said "cheese curd" was the most appealing name for a dish, but these deep-fried blobs of cheese are so ridiculously good, most of us can overlook their less-than-appetizing name. Whether you nom on some cheese curds in a classically Canadian poutine or eat them as a side, there's no wrong way to enjoy these bites.

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    October 16: National Liqueur Day

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    Grab your cocktail glass and raise your pinkies: It's time to toast to National Liqueur Day. Sipped straight or mixed into a cocktail, liqueurs can add richness, sweetness, and warmth to nearly any cocktail hour.

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    October 17: National Pasta Day

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    Some say that pasta is the perfect food. Not only is it packed with super tasty gluten, but it's delicious hot or cold, with tomato sauce, olive oil, cheese, mayonnaise, or butter, and you can serve it with meat, veggies, or on its own.

    Celebrate everyone's favorite carbohydrate with a whopping plate of spaghetti and meatballs, ridiculously cheesy macaroni and cheese, or a homemade pasta salad that's packed with veggies.

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    October 18: National Chocolate Cupcake Day

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    Believe it or not, there actually is a way to improve upon cupcakes. Make them with chocolate, topped with chocolate icing and your favorite sprinkles, gummy candy, or maybe even more chocolate.

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    October 19: I Love Yarn Day

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    Knitting isn't just for grannies! From stylish sweaters to cute hats, knitting is a fun, easy way to craft your own gear. If you haven't tried knitting before, grab some higher gauge needles and thick yarn and review a super simple beginner's guide. You'll be cranking out cute scarves in no time!

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    October 20: National Brandied Fruit Day

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    Finding fresh peaches or strawberries in the middle of winter is no easy (or cheap) task. Preserving your fruits in alcohol makes it possible to enjoy seasonal flavors all year long. All you need is the fruit of your choice, white sugar, brown sugar, high-quality brandy, and one month or more.

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    October 21: International Day of the Nacho

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    Sometimes nachos are topped with black beans and sometimes they're topped with beef. Sometimes they're drowning in queso, and other times they're packed with jalapenos. But when it comes to nachos, one thing is for certain: They're always delicious.

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    October 22: Eat a Pretzel Day

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    Although they're incredibly simple to make, requiring only a handful of common ingredients, pretzels have an incredibly varied history around the world. It's said that they were invented by an Italian monk in 610 AD, then, helped prevent the Ottoman takeover of Vienna, Austria, in 1510, and eventually made it to America on the Mayflower. Honor its amazing history by digging into a hot, soft pretzel.

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    October 23: Lung Health Day

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    Smoking has numerous negative health effects, but quitting can be hard. With the right tools and resources, it is possible. If you need a little extra push, consider how quitting smoking will benefit your home, your kids, and your pets.

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    October 24: National Bologna Day

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    Love it or hate it, this polarizing, bagged lunch staple has its very own day in October. If you're still not over the cold, slimy bologna of school lunches past, try a more grown-up version of a classic bologna sandwich.

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    October 25: National Breadstick Day

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    Carb lovers agree: The breadsticks in the bread basket are one of the best parts of going out to dinner. Fortunately, it's easy to recreate the bread basket experience at home. You only need a few pantry staples to bake your own garlicky, chewy breadsticks.

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    October 26: National Pumpkin Day

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    With Halloween only five days away, it's pumpkin time! The uses for the season's favorite gourd are almost limitless. Create an amazing carved pumpkin for your doorstep, create an equally amazing uncarved pumpkin, make tasty pumpkin seeds with your favorite seasonings, or blend your pumpkins' flesh into muffins, pies, or carrot cake for a fresh, seasonal flavor.

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    October 27: American Beer Day

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    There's much more to American beers than the bitter, flavorless brews bartenders sling by the thousands. In fact, the American craft beer movement has ushered in the Golden Age of Beer. With over 6,500 independent breweries operating in the United States, there's no shortage of creative, inventive, and totally unique beers. Check out your local brewery for a couple new-to-you beers, or try your hand at making your own beer at home.

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    October 28: National Chocolate Day

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    If you don't treat yourself to a daily dose of chocolate, today is a good day to indulge. Decide whether you want to eat chocolate cake, brownies, ice cream, or homemade candy.

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    October 29: National Cat Day

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    If you're a kitty parent, you know cats have so many characteristics to love and celebrate. They're absolutely adorable, cuddly (sometimes!), and incredibly judgmental. Today, give your kitty a little extra love by extending playtime, treating it to a fun, new toy, or maybe even letting your cat sample a little bit of catnip.

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    October 30: Haunted Refrigerator Night

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    Old tuna salad. Spoiled milk. Some mystery blob wrapped up in tinfoil. Your refrigerator can be a scary place. Today's the day to conquer your fears and banish the ghosts of foods past by cleaning and organizing the fridge. Start by tossing any old, spoiled food, then, clean the interior surfaces and produce bins. Finally, reorganize your food.

    Pro Tip

    Put your healthy food in the front and center of the fridge, so it's the first thing you see (and reach for) when you sneak a midnight snack.

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    October 31: Halloween

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    After months of crafting costumes, carving pumpkins, and setting up a scary vignette at the front door, Halloween is finally here! Kick back and admire your months of hard work with some witches brew (also known as sangria) and a few fun-sized candy bars.