October Holiday Lineup
Saturday, October 3rd, 2015
October is commonly associated with autumn (especially in climates where the leaves start turning orange and falling to the ground). In warmer climates, it welcomes a spring-like season equivalent to the month of April in the northern hemisphere. In America, October is also commonly associated with Halloween and is thought of by many as the spookiest month of the year! But there’s more to October than ghouls and ghosts. Keep reading to learn what else this month as in store!
National Breast Cancer Awareness Month
Breast cancer is the second most common kind of cancer in women. If found and treated early, many women diagnosed with breast cancer can survive.
During the month of October, women and men are encouraged to educate themselves and spread the word about the importance of mammograms. While many people are aware of the disease, many forget to take the steps to detect the disease in its early stages.
October 9: Fire Prevention Day
Fire prevention efforts were sparked by the Great Chicago fire in 1871. The fire burned from Sunday, October 8, to early Tuesday, October 10, 1871, killing up to 300 people and destroyed roughly 3.3 square miles of Chicago’s city. Since then, building methods and materials and fire safety have been refined time and again. Take time today to reevaluate your fire prevention measures and practice a home fire drill. Do you and your family have a plan on what to do if there is a fire in your home? If you don’t have a plan, today is a perfect day to make one! As always, better safe than sorry.
October 16: Boss’s Day
Boss’s day is a secular holiday celebrated on October 16 (or the nearest working day) in the United States, Canada, Lithuania, and Romania. It has traditionally been a day for employees to thank their leaders for being kind and fair throughout the year. This day was created for the purpose of strengthening the bond between employer and employee. Be sure to at least say a few kind words to you boss on this day to let them know how much they are appreciated!
October 17: Sweetest Day
Originally founded by Herbert Birch Kingston in 1922, “Sweetest Day” was created to bring happiness to orphans and the under-privileged. The holiday began by simple giving these people small gifts and candy. Today, the holiday is celebrated almost as a second Valentine’s Day by actions of giving flowers and candy to loved ones. However, in addition to showing your love to people close to you, try use this day as Herbert intended and show kindness to those in need!
October 31: Halloween
Double, double toil and trouble; Fire burn, and caldron bubble.
That’s right — it’s that time of year where little witches, ghosts, and goblins roam the neighborhood seeking sweet treats. According to history.com, “[Halloween] is thought to have originated with the ancient Celtic festival of Samhain, when people would light bonfires and wear costumes to ward off roaming ghosts. In the eighth century, Pope Gregory III designated November 1 as a time to honor all saints and martyrs; the holiday, All Saints’ Day, incorporated some of the traditions of Samhain. The evening before was known as All Hallows’ Eve and later Halloween.”
Check your local listings for trick or treat times and what local businesses have indoor trick or treating available. Have a safe and happy Halloween! Be sure to post pictures of all your creative costumes to our Facebook page!