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  • Writer's pictureCathy Hertler

Your Guide to October

“I’m so glad I live in a world where there are Octobers.” — L.M. Montgomery, Anne of Green Gables

World Teachers’ Day

Celebrates teachers all over the world and recognizes the unique issues they face each day.

Columbus Day

Commemorates the voyage and landing of Italian explorer Christopher Columbus in the New World in 1492.

Leif Erikson Day

Honors Norwegian explorer Leif Erikson, believed to be the first European to come to North America.

National Dessert Day

The sweetest day of the year!

World Food Day

Events in over 150 countries honor the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations. #ZeroHunger

National Fossil Day

Held during Earth Science Week (Oct 14-20), this day underscores the importance of fossils in relation to our understanding of our world.

National Get Smart About Credit Day

Every October, volunteer bankers visit local classrooms to teach students about credit and finances.


“Darkness falls across the land/ The midnight hour is close at hand/ Creatures crawl in search of blood/ To terrorize y’all’s neighborhood”

— Rob Temperton, “Thriller”

More U.S. presidents have been born in October than any other month.

Oktoberfest (officially held in Munich, Germany) isn’t just about beer and pretzels. It originated as a wedding reception for Bavarian royalty in 1810 and has since evolved into one of the largest annual festivals in the world.

Though it’s the 10th month of the year, the name October comes from the Latin word octo, which means “eight.” It was originally the eighth month on the Roman calendar. 

The World Series, which kicked off in 1903, is usually played in October.

Halloween has its roots in an ancient Celtic festival called Samhain, and many of today’s Halloween traditions, like dressing in costumes, can be traced back to the Celts.

Have a wonderful October!

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