Special October Days and Observances

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October is a month loaded with observances and events that include celebratory observances for gifted children. For instance, you can spend the whole month working on building a positive attitude, or take a full week to set goals and get organized. You can also hang loose and have fun together by celebrating sarcasm, making pierogies, or simply doing something nice. No matter which observances you celebrate, chances are that you'll learn something together.

Month-Long Celebrations

There are several month-long observances in October, like Computer Learning Month and International Dinosaur Month. This is a great opportunity to grab a topic or two with your child and turn it into an educational, artistic or plain old fun project. You can also learn about some potentially more difficult subjects together, like ADHD and learning disabilities. It's likely that local schools, churches, and libraries are exploring these subjects with special programs, so you can take the time to plan your month with the following themes accordingly:

  • Computer Learning Month
  • International Dinosaur Month
  • Raptor Month
  • Bullying Prevention Month
  • ADHD Awareness Month
  • Learning Disabilities Awareness Month
  • Sarcasm Month
  • Diversity Awareness Month
  • Positive Attitude Month
  • National Ergonomics Month
  • National Book Month
  • Fair Trade Month

Week-Long Observances

If you're interested in tackling a new theme every week, you can do so with week-long observances in October. For example, the first full week of October involves Get Organized Week and Mystery Series Week. Depending on your schedule, you can even participate in more than one theme together, or do a theme separately from your child. In this scenario, you could get organized while your beloved reads a new mystery weekly:

  • Get Organized Week: First full week of October
  • Mystery Series Week: First full week of October
  • Great Books WeekFirst full week of October
  • Fall Astronomy Week: Calendar week in which Fall Astronomy Day falls
  • Kids' Goal Setting Week: First full work-week in October
  • Financial Planning Week: First Monday to Sunday in October
  • World Space Week: October 4–10 
  • Pet Peeve Week: Second week of October
  • National Metric Week: Week containing October 10
  • Earth Science Week: Always held in October; week varies
  • Teen Read Week: Third week of October
  • Chemistry Week: Always held in October; week varies

Special Days and Holidays

Aside from monthly and weekly celebrations, there are special days and holidays observed in October. For instance, World Teacher's Day is celebrated on October 5, while National Poetry Day is observed on October 15. Explore the many unique and quirky holidays, like National Grouch Day and Hermit Day, to get involved:

The first week of October includes some great days to celebrate at school:

  • October 1: Less Than Perfect Day
  • October 3: Look at the Leaves Day
  • October 3: Techies Day
  • October 5: World Teacher's Day
  • October 5: Do Something Nice Day
  • October 6: Mad Hatter Day
  • October 7: World Day of Bullying Prevention
  • October 7: National Diversity Day (first Friday)

In the second week of October, celebrate everything from a culinary favorite to the classic game of chess:

  • October 8: National Pierogie Day
  • October 8: National Face Your Fears Day
  • October 8: Fall Astronomy Day
  • October 8: International Frugal Fun Day (first Saturday)
  • October 9: Curious Events Day
  • October 9: National Chess Day
  • October 10: World Mental Health Day
  • October 10: Columbus Day (second Monday)
  • October 11: Remember Forever Day
  • October 12: Universal Music Day
  • October 12: Moment of Frustration Day
  • October 12: National Stop Bullying Day (second Wednesday)
  • October 13: English Language Day

Activity in the third week of October lightens up a bit, but there's still plenty of fun to be had:

  • October 15: National Grouch Day
  • October 15: National Poetry Day
  • October 16: Dictionary Day
  • October 16: Learn a Word Day
  • October 17: Wear Something Gaudy Day
  • October 20: Information Overload Day

The last week of October isn't all about costumes and candy (but the month certainly ends with some great celebrations):

  • October 22: Make a Difference Day (fourth Satur is a day)
  • October 24: United Nations Day
  • October 27: Navy Day
  • October 29: Hermit Day
  • October 30: Mischief Night
  • October 31: Halloween
  • October 31: National Magic Day
  • October 31: UNICEF Day