October 2022's Full List of Holidays and Observances

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October may be well known for hosting the most ghoulish day of the year (that's Halloween, if you didn't know), but there are actually a plethora of other special days that fill the month as well. Though dressing up in creative costumes on the 31st may distract you from all of the other October holidays and observances, it's time fun days like International Music Day and National Get Funky Day get the shine they deserve, too.

Since there are so many holiday and major events happening in October, it may be hard to keep track of them all. I mean, who knew National Taco Day and National Cinnamon Roll Day both landed on October 4? This year, however, you won't be left wondering what holidays to expect; you'll already be prepared (hello, National Cake Decorating Day!).

So, whether you're looking to get a big jump start by checking this list out months in advance or want to bookmark it for revisiting toward the end September, you'll be ready for more than Halloween this time around.

Saturday, October 1

  • International Day of Older Persons

  • International Coffee Day

  • Balloons Around the World Day

  • International Music Day

  • World Vegetarian Day

  • CD Player Day

  • Chinese National Day

  • Frugal Fun Day

  • National Black Dog Day

  • National Fire Pup Day

  • National Hair Day

  • National Homemade Cookies Day

  • National Lace Day

  • World Card Making Day

  • World Ballet Day

  • Durga Puja Begins

Sunday, October 2

  • International Day of Non-Violence

  • National Custodian Day

  • National Name Your Car Day

  • National Fried Scallops Day

  • Guardian Angels Day

  • Change A Light Day

  • World Communion Sunday

Monday, October 3

  • Butterfly and Hummingbird Day

  • "Mean Girls" Day

  • National Techies Day

  • World Architecture Day

  • National Unity Day

  • National Consignment Day

  • National Child Health Day

  • National Boyfriend Day

    Photo credit: Brian Hagiwara - Getty Images
    Photo credit: Brian Hagiwara - Getty Images

Tuesday, October 4

  • National Cinnamon Roll Day

  • National Taco Day

  • National Vodka Day

  • World Animal Day

  • World Habitat Day

  • National Fruit at Work Day

  • National Golf Lovers Day

  • Improve Your Office Day

  • Feast of Saint Francis of Assisi

  • Yom Kippur Begins

Wednesday, October 5

  • National Be Nice Day

  • World Teachers Day

  • National Walk and Bike to School Day

  • National Pumpkin Seed Day

  • National Kale Day

  • National Do Something Nice Day

  • National Apple Betty Day

  • International Walk to School Day

  • National Get Funky Day

Thursday, October 6

  • National Mad Hatter Day

  • National Depression Screening Day

  • National German-American Day

  • National Noodle Day

  • World Cerebral Palsy Day

  • National Plus Size Appreciation Day

  • National Transfer Money to Your Daughter Day

  • Bring Your Bible to School Day

  • National Coaches Day

Friday, October 7

  • National LED Light Day

  • You Matter to Me Day

  • World Smile Day

  • National Forgiveness & Happiness Day

  • National Inner Beauty Day

  • National Frappe Day

  • Manufacturing Day

  • Kids Music Day

Saturday, October 8

  • National Flutternutter Day

  • World Octopus Day

  • National Pierogi Day

  • American Touch Tag Day

  • I Love Yarn Day

  • Milad an-Nabi (Mawlid)

Sunday, October 9

  • Pastor Appreciation Day

  • Leif Erikson Day

  • World Hospice and Palliative Care Day

  • National Moldy Cheese Day

  • International Beer and Pizza Day

  • World Post Day

  • Sukkot Begins

Monday, October 10

  • World Mental Health Day

  • Indigenous Peoples' Day

  • Columbus Day

  • National Kick Butt Day

  • World Porridge Day

  • World Day Against The Death Penalty

  • National Online Bank Day

  • World Homeless Day

  • National Hug a Drummer Day

  • International Stage Management Day

  • National Angel Food Cake Day

  • National Handbag Day

  • National Cake Decorating Day

    Photo credit: Kat Wirsing
    Photo credit: Kat Wirsing

Tuesday, October 11

  • National Coming Out Day

  • National Face Your Fears Day

  • National Sausage Pizza Day

  • International Day of the Girl Child

  • Southern Food Heritage Day

  • It's My Party Day

Wednesday, October 12

  • Farmers Day

  • National Savings Day

  • National Stop Bullying Day

  • World Arthritis Day

  • National Take Your Parents To Lunch Day

  • National Pet Obesity Day

  • National Pulled Pork Day

  • National Freethought Day

  • National Gumbo Day

  • Emergency Nurses Day

  • National Fossil Day

Thursday, October 13

  • International Day for Disaster Reduction

  • Metastatic Breast Cancer Awareness Day

  • U.S. Navy Birthday

  • World Sight Day

  • National Yorkshire Pudding Day

  • National Transfer Money to Your Son Day

  • National No Bra Day

  • National M&M Day

  • National Herpes Awareness Day

  • International Day for Failure

  • English Language Day

  • International Skeptics Day

  • Ada Lovelace Day

Friday, October 14

  • National Dessert Day

  • World Egg Day

  • Be Bald and Be Free Day

  • World Standards Day

Saturday, October 15

  • National Pregnancy and Infant Loss Remembrance Day

  • National Latino AIDS Awareness Day

  • National Grouch Day

  • Universal Music Day

  • Sweetest Day

  • National Mushroom Day

  • National "I Love Lucy" Day

  • International Day of Rural Women

  • White Cane Safety Day

  • National Aesthetician Day

  • National Fetch Day

  • Global Handwashing Day

    Photo credit: The Good Brigade - Getty Images
    Photo credit: The Good Brigade - Getty Images

Sunday, October 16

  • Global Cat Day

  • World Food Day

  • World Spine Day

  • Dictionary Day

  • National Liqueur Day

  • Boss's Day

  • National Feral Cat Day

Monday, October 17

  • Black Poetry Day

  • National Pasta Day

  • National Pay Back a Friend Day

  • National Clean Your Virtual Desktop Day

  • International Day for the Eradication of Poverty

  • Simchat Torah Begins

Tuesday, October 18

Wednesday, October 19

  • LGBT Center Awareness Day

  • National Medical Assistants Day

  • National Pharmacy Technician Day

  • World Pediatric Bone and Joint Day

  • Support Your Local Chamber of Commerce Day

  • National Seafood Bisque Day

  • National New Friends Day

  • Evaluate Your Life Day

  • Day of Unity

Thursday, October 20

  • International Chefs Day

  • International Sloth Day

  • World Osteoporosis Day

  • Spirit Day

  • National Day on Writing

  • Conflict Resolution Day

Friday, October 21

  • National Mammography Day

  • National Pumpkin Cheesecake Day

  • International Day of the Nacho

  • "Back to the Future" Day

  • Celebration of the Mind Day

  • National Apple Day

  • National Reptile Awareness Day

  • National Pets for Veterans Day

Saturday, October 22

  • International Stuttering Awareness Day

  • Make a Difference Day

  • National Nut Day

Sunday, October 23

  • National Paralegal Day

  • National Mole Day

  • National Boston Cream Pie Day

  • National Croc Day

  • National iPod Day

Monday, October 24

  • National Food Day

  • National Bologna Day

  • United Nations Day

  • World Development Information Day

  • Diwali

Tuesday, October 25

  • International Artist Day

  • World Pasta Day

  • National Greasy Foods Day

  • National I Care About You Day

  • National Mother-in-Law Day

  • Sourest Day

Wednesday, October 26

  • National Pumpkin Day

  • National Mincemeat Day

  • National Day of the Deployed

  • Lung Health Day

  • National Chicken Fried Steak Day

  • Worldwide Howl at the Moon Night

Thursday, October 27

  • National Black Cat Day

  • National American Beer Day

  • National Mentoring Day

  • Navy Day

  • World Day for Audiovisual Heritage

Friday, October 28

  • National First Responders Day

  • National Immigrants Day

  • Frankenstein Friday

  • National Breadstick Day

  • International Animation Day

  • National Chocolate Day

Saturday, October 29

  • National Internet Day

  • National Cat Day

  • National Oatmeal Day

  • National Pit Bull Awareness Day

  • World Psoriasis Day

  • World Stroke Day

Sunday, October 30

  • National Candy Corn Day

  • National Checklist Day

  • National Publicist Day

  • National Speak Up For Service Day

  • National Text Your Ex Day

  • Mischief Night

Monday, October 31

  • Halloween

  • National Caramel Apple Day

  • National Knock Knock Joke Day

  • National Magic Day

  • Girl Scout Founder's Day

  • National Doorbell Day

  • World Savings Day

  • Reformation Day

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