Amazing Fun Facts About October

Discovering amazing fun facts about October and Halloween trivia.

Yes, October is here, and with it comes many days to celebrate this 10th month of the current Roman Calendar.

Indeed, October is one of the most wonderful months of the year. Whether you love Halloween, pumpkin patches, fall festivals, or football games, there’s always something to look forward to.

In this blog, we’re going to share some fun facts about the month of October,  from this month’s birthstone to the most interesting Halloween trivia, the origin of Halloween, and other interesting information you may not have known. So keep reading and you will also learn about famous October birthdays and even some serendipity and fun, spooky quotes!

Popular Interesting Fun Facts About October

History of October

  • As mentioned earlier, October is the tenth month of the year and of the Roman calendar.
  • In Greek, October is named “Tetren” and it means “the turn of the seasons”.
  • It is a popular misconception that October is the only month that has 31 days. However, there are five more months with 31 days. They include January, March, May, July & December.

October Colors

October is seen by many to be a time of real seasonal change, both in the southern and northern hemispheres.

Fall is really starting to kick in and the nights are getting colder. Did you know that autumn’s vivid colors are actually hidden underneath summer’s green?

The main reason for the color change is not the chill in autumn’s air, but the lack of it.

The green color of leaves disappears when photosynthesis slows down and the chlorophyll breaks down.

Trees with lots of sunshine tend to have red leaves. Other trees can turn yellow, marigold orange, or brown.

The harvest festivals are over, and the nights are getting longer and longer by the day.

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October is also a time to start stocking up on firewood for the long winter season to ensure you’re kept warm all the way through until spring.

Additional Popular Random Facts

  • Every year, October ends on the same day as February. So yes, in 2022, February ended on a Monday and so will October.
  • The Anglo-Saxons called October “Winterfylleth” — it means “fullness of winter”. The reason they called it that? It’s because October has the first full moon of the winter season. 🌕
  • The birthstones for October are tourmaline and opal. Tourmalines are believed to help you stay calm while under pressure, bring peace and tranquility, and defeat negative emotions like jealousy and anger. On the other hand, opal gemstones are believed to cure eye infections, strengthen memory, calm nerves, and enhance creativity. 💎
  • The traditional flower of October is the calendula — it symbolizes comfort, healing, protection, and grace. 🌼
  • October is also the name of a fruit. It is a sweet orange that originated in China. October was chosen because oranges are usually abundant in the fall.
  • Another fun fact about October is that it is considered a lucky month because it is associated with prosperity. October is also the beginning of harvest season. 
  • Although we have a complete section discussing Halloween, I would be amiss without including it here.  Halloween is celebrated in a number of countries on October 31, the eve of All Hallows’ Day. On this day, it is believed that spirits can wander the earth freely. People tend to take this opportunity to disguise themselves in various costumes. 🎃

Important October Holidays and Dates

October is a great month to celebrate all sorts of holidays and events. Here are some of the most important holidays and dates that occur in October. So, be sure to mark your calendar for those you wish to recognize and celebrate in your own personal way!

While many national and federal holidays are observed in October, some fun and lesser-known holidays are also celebrated.

Let’s take a look, shall we?

October 1 thru 15 Holidays & Dates:

October 1

  • World Vegetarian Day
  • International Music Day
  • National Homemade Cookies Day
  • National Hair Day
  • International Coffee Day
  • International Day of Older Persons

October 2

  • National Custodian Day
  • National Name Your Car Day
  • International Day of Non-Violence
  • World No Alcohol Day

October 3

  • Child Health Day
  • Butterfly and Hummingbird Day
  • National Boyfriend Day
  • Mean Girls Day
  • World Habitat Day

October 4

  • National Taco Day
  • Feast of St Francis of Assisi
  • Yom Kippur
  • World Animal Day
  • National Cinnamon Roll Day
  • National Golf Lovers Day
  • National Taco Day

October 5

  • National Walk and Bike to School Day
  • National Do Something Nice Day
  • World Teachers’ Day
  • World Financial Planning Day
  • Random Acts of Poetry Day

October 6

  • National Coaches Day
  • National German-American Day
  • National Noodle Day
  • National Plus Size Appreciation Day
  • World Cerebral Palsy Day

October 7

  • World Smile Day
  • National Frappe Day
  • National Body Language Day
  • National Inner Beauty Day

October 8

  • National Depression Screening Day
  • World Hospice and Palliative Care Day
  • National Chess Day
  • National Pierogi Day
  • World Octopus Day

October 9

  • Leif Erikson Day
  • World Post Day

October 10

  • Columbus Day (Most regions)
  • Indigenous Peoples’ Day
  • World Mental Health Day
  • World Homeless Day

October 11

  • National Coming Out Day
  • International Day of the Girl Child

October 12

  • National Emergency Nurse’s Day
  • Farmers Day
  • National Savings Day
  • National Stop Bullying Day

October 13

  • United States Navy Birthday
  • National No Bra Day
  • World Sight Day
  • International Day for Disaster Risk Reduction

October 14

  • National Dessert Day
  • National Fossil Day

October 15

  • National Grouch Day
  • Global Handwashing Day
  • National Mushroom Day
  • National Fetch Day
  • International Day of Rural Women

October 16-31 Holidays & Dates:

October 16

  • National Train Your Brain Day
  • World Singing Day
  • National Sports Day
  • Boss’s Day
  • World Food Day
  • Dictionary Day
  • Global Cat Day
  • Department Store Day
  • World Spine Day

October 17

  • International Day for the Eradication of Poverty
  • National Pasta Day
  • National Clean Your Virtual Desktop Day
  • National Pay Back a Friend Day
  • Black Poetry Day
  • World Trauma Day

October 18

  • Alaska Day
  • National No Beard Day
  • World Menopause Day

October 19

  • National New Friends Day
  • Global Dignity Day
  • National Pharmacy Technician Day

October 20

  • National Day on Writing
  • World Osteoporosis Day
  • International Sloth Day
  • National Pharmacy Technician Day
  • National Youth Confidence Day
  • International Chefs Day

October 21

  • National Reptile Day
  • National Pets for Veterans Day
  • National Medical Assistants Day
  • National Apple Day
  • Back to the Future Day
  • National Mammography Day

October 22

  • National Nut Day
  • International Stuttering Awareness Day
  • National Make A Difference Day

October 23

  • National Paralegal Day
  • National Boston Cream Pie Day
  • National Mother-in-Law Day
  • National TV Talk Show Host Day

October 24

  • United Nations Day
  • National Bologna Day
  • World Development Information Day
  • World Polio Day

October 25

  • International Dwarfism Awareness Day
  • World Opera Day
  • International Artist’s Day
  • National Art Day
  • National I Care About You Day

October 26

  • National Day of the Deployed
  • National Pumpkin Day

October 27

  • World Occupational Therapy Day
  • National Mentoring Day
  • National Black Cat Day
  • National American Beer Day

October 28

  • Nevada Day
  • National Chocolate Day
  • International Animation Day
  • National Immigrants Day
  • National First Responders Day

October 29

  • Internet Day
  • National Cat Day
  • National Oatmeal Day
  • World Psoriasis Day
  • World Stroke Day

October 30

  • National Breadstick Day
  • National Checklist Day
  • National Text Your Ex Day
  • National Candy Corn Day

October 31

Halloween

  • National Magic Day
  • World Cities Day
  • National Caramel Apple Day

 Interesting Facts About Halloween

Let’s talk about Halloween! Talk about fun, fun, fun.  

In the past dozen years or so, the popularity of Halloween is gaining ground on ‘Christmas.’ Not only do people decorate their yards with various Halloween characters, etc., but one can see plenty of homes in urban subdivisions festively lit up in an abundance of orange and black lights!  

And let’s not forget the proliferation of amazing and spooky haunted houses, graveyards and such!

Did you know that Halloween was originally a Celtic festival?

The holiday originated in Ireland and was based on an ancient Celtic belief that it was the time of year when the dead returned to the land of the living.

The Celts believed that during this time, the dead could communicate with the living, which is why they would wear costumes.

This belief is what led to the modern-day practice of wearing costumes.

Today, the tradition of dressing up in costume for Halloween is a worldwide phenomenon.

Although it has spread across different countries, the holiday remains a central part of the United States.

The first known records of the holiday were written by Irish monks around the 7th century AD.

They called it All Hallows Eve and is a celebration to honor the dead. The ‘Celebration of the Dead’ is recognized on the day before Halloween, October 30th.

Famous People Born in October

Are ‘you’ born in this fabulous month of October? Individuals born in the month of October are either born under the zodiac sign of Libra or on the Libra-Scorpio cusp.

October 1-15th Famous Birthdays:

October 1 – Jimmy Carter – 39th President of the United States

October 1 – Julie Andrews – British Actress Known for her role in ‘Mary Poppins’

October 2 – Sting – Recording Artist and Singer

October 3 – Zlatan Ibrahimovic – One of the Greatest Football Strikers of All Time

October 4 – Derrick Rose – NBA Basketball Player

October 5 – Kate Winslet – English actress.

October 5 – Neil Degrasse Tyson – American Astrophysicist & Scientist 

October 6 – Labron James, Jr. – Popular NBA Basketball Player

October 7 – Vladimir Putin – President of Russia (2000 – 2008, Incumbent Since 2012

October 7 – Simon Cowell – British Television Personality Known for ‘American Idol’

October 8 – Bruno Mars – Popular pop Musician

October 8 – Matt Damon – One of the Highest-Grossing Actors of All Time Known for ‘Bourne Again’ Films

October 9 – Bella Habib – American Model Known for Appearances on ‘Vogue’ Magazine Covers

October 10 – Brett Favre – Former NFL Quarterback for the SuperBowl Green Bay Packers

October 11 – John Lennon – The Founder, Co-Songwriter, Co-Lead Vocalist & Rhythm Guitarist of ‘The Beatles’

October 11 – Eleanor Roosevelt – Longest-serving First Lady of the United States

October 12 – Hugh Jackman – Australian Actor Best Known for His Role as ‘Logan / Wolverine’ in the ‘X-Men’ Film Series

October 13 – Sacha Baron Cohen – British Actor

October 14 – Dwight D. Eisenhower – 34th President of the United States

October 15 – Anthony Joshua – British Boxer and Two-Time Former Unified World Heavyweight Champion

October 16th-31st Famous Birthdays:

October 16 – Oscar Wilde – One of the Greatest Playwrights of the ‘Victorian Era’

October 17 – Eminem – One of the Most Influential and Popular Rappers of All Time

October 18 – Jean-Claude Van Damme – Martial Artist and Actor

October 19 – Rebecca Ferguson – American Actress

October 20 – Kamala Harris – The First Female Vice President of the United States

October 20 – Tom Petty – Rock Singer & Guitarist

October 21 – Kim Kardashion – Socialite and Model Known For Her Reality TV Series ‘Keeping Up with the Kardashians’

October 21 – Carrie Fisher – (Famous for Playing Princess Leia in the ‘Star Wars’ Films

October 22 – Deontay Wilder – American Professional Boxer and 10-Time WBC Heavyweight Champion

October 22 – Jeff Goldblum – American Actor Known for his roles in ‘Jurassic Park’

October 23 – Ryan Reynolds – Canadian Actor Known for Roles in ‘Deadpool’ in ‘Marvel’ 

October 24 – Anthony Waller – British Film Director

October 25 – Katy Perry – Singer-Songwriter

October 25 – Pablo Picasso – Most Influential Artists of the 20th Century

October 26 – Seth MacFarlane – American Actor Known for 

October 27 – Theodore Roosevelt – 26th President of the United States

October 28 – Bill Gates – Co-Founder of MicroSoft

October 28 – Julia Roberts – Best Known for Her Role in the Romantic Comedy Film ‘Pretty Woman’

October 29 – Bob Ross – Well Known as a Painter on Public TV

October 30 – Diego Maradona – Famous Football Player from Argentina

October 30 – John Adams – 2nd President of the United States

October 31 – John Candy – Movie Actor

October 31 – Christopher Columbus – Explorer and Credited for Discovery of America 

10 Fun & Spooky October Quotes

October is full of spooky celebrations. It’s time to show off your Halloween spirit and show your friends and family that you really do know all the fun facts about October.

So what better way than to share a list of awesome Halloween quotes and sayings? Here are some amazing October quotes that should make your day:

Quote No. 1

October glows on every cheek, October shines in every eye, While up the hill and down the dale, Her crimson banners fly.

Elaine Goodale Eastman 

Quote No. 2

The scariest thing in the world is the idea that somebody is out to get you. You can’t live that way. You have to fight back. 

Frank Capra

Quote No. 3

If you aren’t living in the moment, you’re dead.

Charles Bukowski

Quote No. 4

A man who is afraid to die will never actually experience life.

William James

Quote No. 5

When you find yourself on the side of the majority, it’s time to pause and reflect.

Mark Twain

Quote No. 6

There is no greater agony than bearing an untold story inside you.

 Maya Angelou

Quote No. 7

Sometimes I wonder if the world is being run by smart people who are putting us on, or by imbeciles who really mean it.

Mark Twain

Quote No. 8

I don’t know what kind of world we are coming to when a man can only make a living by cheating, lying, stealing, killing and breeding. I refuse to live in it.

Hunter S. Thompson

Quote No. 9

If you want to be a leader, you must be a good follower.

John Wooden

Quote No. 10

The greatest trick the devil ever pulled was convincing the world he didn’t exist.

Mark Twain

Final Last Words About Interesting Facts About October

October has some amazing facts about it. I hope you enjoyed reading this fun blog and hopefully, you learned a couple of October fun facts you didn’t know before!  

One more thing, if you’re fond of Halloween festivities from ‘back in the day’, I present this fun and serendipity article about how it was like celebrating Halloween in the 60s & 70s.

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4 comments on “Amazing Fun Facts About October

  1. I love the month of October! Especially because my youngest sister’s birthday is celebrated in this month!

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