Sunday, October 2, 2011



 If your calendar is like mine, we're both missing out. Did you know that you can celebrate a different holiday every day during the month of October? Check out the list of special holidays below, guaranteed to be thought-provoking, or just make you smile!

October 1st, World Vegetarian Day- a day when all are urged to partake in meatless menus, and for those already living the vegetarian lifestyle to celebrate the choice that safeguards their own health, protects the earth, and saves the lives of countless animals.

October 2nd,  Name Your Car Day- a day set aside to choose a name for your car that suits its character. Let's just hope your car doesn't have a personality like the one in Stephen King's novel Christine!

October 3rd,  Income Tax Day-I'm not sure why anyone would want to actually celebrate the day that the dreaded Federal Income Tax was made a part of our lives back in 1913, but I guess it takes all kinds of people to make the world go round.

October 4th, Visit Your Cousin in Prison Day-Who comes up with these holidays, anyway? If you do go to visit an incarcerated family member, don't forget to take the ubiquitous prison gift of a cake with a file baked into it. The old English proverb "Blood is thicker than water" rings true on this day.

October 5th, National Diversity Day, a day to celebrate and strive to understand and accept the races, religions, nationalities, disabilities, sexual orientations, ages and genders that make up our world population.

October 6th, World Smile Day-  Today, give everyone you meet a big smile! Harvey Ball, who created the smiley face back in 1963, also had the idea for World Smile Day. Mr. Ball was concerned that his smiley face had become too commercialized, and decided everyone should set aside one day each year to spread smiles and random acts of kindness all over the world.

October 7th, Bathtub Day-  which celebrates the initial British appearance in 1828 of the bathtub as a part of our everyday life. Be sure to include your own bathtub in today's festivities so he/she won't feel left out!

October 8th, Tube Top Day- commemorating the first appearance of the tube top, a wardrobe staple of the  70's and 80's, every guy is waiting for this one. Celebrate by going out and buying one in every color!  Then go out and show them off.

October 9th, Meet A Friend for Lunch Day- Take time out of your busy work day to schmooze with your best friend!

October 10th, Tuxedo Day-  celebrating the American debut of the tuxedo circa 1886 in New York City.

October 11th, You Go, Girl Day-  a day for celebrating courageous women who go out into the world and accomplish their goals by never giving up.

October 12nd, World Egg Day-  celebrating the egg. Yes, the humble egg, staple food of the masses. I wonder how the chickens of the world feel about this day?

October 13th U.S. Navy Day-  Back in the 1970s, it was discovered that the birthday of the Continental Navy was October 13th, 1775, and this date was chosen as the official holiday.

October 14th, Monarch Day- Nature lovers in California anticipate this day when millions of monarch butterflies return to Santa Cruz, Fremont, Malibu, Big Sur, and other coastal California cities.

October 15th,  is National Grouch Day-  Celebrate your favorite grouch on this day! Buy him or her a small gift, and maybe they'll know longer be grouchy when they realize someone cares.

October 16th, World Food Day-  First celebrated world wide in 1945, this day fosters awareness and understanding of world hunger. Forget your diet today - instead, be thankful you have food!

October 17th,  Brain Cell Reduction Day-  Whoever came up with this holiday obviously was missing a few brain cells already.

October 18th,  Long Distance Day-  a holiday to commemorate the first long-distance phone line that was established between New York City and Chicago in 1892. This would be a good day to reach out across the miles and call friends and family.

October 19th, Dress Like a Total Dork Day- How does a total dork dress? I suppose only a true dork could answer that question. In the meantime, have a happy day!

October 20th,  Shampoo Day- conceived to celebrate the history of shampoo.  Wash, rinse, and repeat.

October 21st,  Can Can Day-  which commemorates the first performance of the popular dance circa 1858 in Paris.

October 22nd, Used Car Day- The first used car dealership was opened in 1897 in London, England. This day has been set aside to recognize the beginning of what is now a time-honored way of buying a vehicle.  Stay away from the lemons!!

October 23rd, Do It Yourself Day- Be motivated to choose a challenge, them go out and succeed as Blanche Scott did in 1910 when she was the first woman to make a solo airplane flight.

October 24th, Match Day- Today's holiday commemorates the day in 1836 when Alonzo Philips of Springfield, MA, first patented the invention of the household match .

Pablo Picasso

October 25th,  Picasso Day-  Today is the birthday of the modern artist Picasso, born in 1881. Draw an abstract picture today in his honor!

October 26th,  Mule Day-  remembering the first mules who ever arrived in the United States in 1785.

October 27th,  Boxer Shorts Day- These comfy underpants first appeared in 1901. Celebrate the day by donning a pair and relaxing!

October 28th, Statue of Liberty Day- In 1886, the Statue of Liberty was dedicated in New York harbor, and this day celebrates Lady Liberty, symbol of freedom.

October 29th, the Internet's Birthday- Did you know that the Internet had a birthday? It all started back in 1979, when two college students linked computers at Duke University and the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, which resulted in the birth of the Internet we know and love today. I was going to send the internet a card, but I'm still on dial up.....might take awhile!!

October 30th, Bodybuilder's Day-  This holiday is celebrated on the birthday of Charles Atlas, the famous bodybuilder, who was born on this date in 1893. Han's and Franz is coming by your house! And they're going to.......PUMP YOU UP!!!!!

October 31st, not just Halloween! It's also National Magic day- This day honors the memory of the great magician, Harry Houdini, who died on this date in 1926.

Have a Happy October and a Spoooookkky Halllooowweeen!!! OOOOOHHHHH!!


  In America, there is a National Food Holiday for every day of the year. This means that you can celebrate food all year long instead of only enjoying great foods on holidays such as Christmas and Thanksgiving. This article features a list of the National Food Holidays for the month of October. You'll even find suggestions on how to celebrate each day.

Homemade Cookies Day,  October 1st-  Don't wait until Christmas to make homemade cookies, instead celebrate this food holiday with a big batch of chocolate chip or peanut butter cookies.

National Fried Scallops Day,  October 2nd-  If you don't live right on the coast, you may want to visit a restaurant to enjoy this food holiday or at least buy frozen scallops. Make it a full meal with a baked potato and a large salad.

National Caramel Custard Day,  October 3th-  You have an option on this food holiday, you can either buy caramel custard or you can make some from scratch, either way this is an easy and delicious holiday to celebrate.

National Taco Day,  October 4th-  Taco Bell. Need I say more?

National Apple Betty Day,  October 5th-  Now this is a classic dessert that definitely calls for a scoop of vanilla ice cream.

National Noodle Day,  October 6th-  This is a food holiday that lets you be truly creative. Just create your favorite pasta dish or try a new recipe.

National Frappe Day,  October 7th- You can easily make a frappe at home. Just create a chocolate milkshake using ice cream, milk, and chocolate syrup but make it thinner than a regular milkshake by adding more milk.

National Fluffernutter Day,  October 8th-  Now this is a food holiday that will take you back to your childhood. A Fluffernutter is fresh white bread, peanut butter, and marshmallow cream. Serve with a big of glass milk.

Submarine-Hoagy-Hero-Grinder Day,  October 9th-  Subway. Need I say more? Okay, okay. Go to a great deli and a great bakery and get all your favorite sandwich ingredients and build the ultimate sub.

National Angel Food Cake Day October 10th- This food holiday is so easy to celebrate. Just pick up an angel food cake at your grocery store along with strawberries, sugar, and whipped cream. Slice the strawberries and sprinkle with sugar. Allow the berries to sit until a syrup forms. Pour over a slice of angel food cake and top with sweetened whipped cream.

National Sausage Pizza Day,  October 11: Enjoy this food holiday by sautéing ground sausage with sliced onions. Top a pizza crust with your favorite pizza sauce, provolone and mozzarella cheese, and the sausage and onion mixture. Bake until golden brown and enjoy.

National Gumbo Day,  October 12th-  Celebrate this food holiday by going out to a local Cajun restaurant. Even better, make a trip to New Orleans for the real thing.

National Yorkshire Pudding Day,  October 13th-  Yorkshire Pudding is actually a British dish, so how this became a National American Food Holiday is uncertain, but find a recipe for Yorkshire Pudding and serve it with roast beef which is very traditional.

National Chocolate-Covered Insects Day,  October 14th-  This is a food holiday I would never, ever celebrate. But, during October you can also find chocolate candy that is shaped like insects. Celebrate that way.

National Chicken Cacciatore Day,  October 15th-Treat yourself to a delicious meal at the finest Italian restaurant on this food holiday.

National Liqueur Day,  October 16th-  I don't drink alcohol, but if you want to celebrate you could make your favorite drink at home or go to a nice restaurant.

National Pasta Day,  October 17th- October is just loaded with Italian style holidays. To enjoy this food holiday, prepare a huge batch of spaghetti and slip into a delightful carb coma.

National Chocolate Cupcake Day,  October 18th-  Go all out on this food holiday and create chocolate cupcakes that are beyond decadent. Try adding candy to the cake batter and make homemade chocolate buttercream frosting.

National Seafood Bisque Day,  October 19th-  There are so many different bisques to choose from. Try making a lobster or crab bisque at home. This is a great way to spend a cool October evening.

National Brandied Fruit Day,  October 20th-  Again, I don't have alcohol in my home or prepare recipes that call for alcohol. But, you can find many recipes online for this dish.

National Pumpkin Cheesecake Day,  October 21: Pumpkin cheesecake is a match made in heaven. You have the wonderful taste of pumpkin pie with the creaminess of cheesecake. I highly suggest celebrating this food holiday.

National Nut Day,  October 22nd- Don't just open a can of nuts on this tasty food holiday. Instead make pralines or sugared nuts.

National Boston Cream Pie Day,  October 23rd-  Have fun with this fun holiday and make Boston Cream Cupcakes. Just bake vanilla cupcakes and when they are cool, stuff them with vanilla pudding. Then frost them with chocolate frosting and enjoy.

National Bologna Day, October 24th-  Step back to your childhood on this fine food holiday and enjoy a fried bologna sandwich.

National Greasy Foods Day,  October 25th- Only in America would we have a delicious holiday like this. Get out your deep fryer and make French fries, chicken tenders, deep fried Oreos, deep fried candy bars, and anything else that looks friable.

Pumpkin Day,  October 26th- Is there any better way to celebrate this food holiday than having a big piece of Pumpkin pie? I didn't think so.

National Potato Day,  October 27th-  On this food holiday do something fun and make a potato buffet. Bake up several large potatoes and put out several toppings for everyone to choose from.

National Chocolate Day,  October 28th-  Do something truly decadent on for this food holiday and order a box of Godiva chocolates. Schedule them to arrive on this fabulous day.

National Oatmeal Day,  October 29th-  Skip the bowl of oatmeal and bake oatmeal cookies.

National Candy Corn Day,  October 30th-  Do something fun the day before Halloween and make your own candy corn from scratch.

National Candy Apple Day,  October 31st-  While candy apples are delicious, why not make caramel apples instead? Buy Kraft Caramels and melt them according to package directions. Dip your apples into the caramel, then into melted chocolate, and then roll them in nuts. This is a Halloween treat everyone will love.