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68+ Free & Creative October Marketing Ideas (+Examples!)

Author: Kristen McCormick
Last Updated: December 19, 2023 | Seasonal Marketing


Costumes. Columbus Day. Candy Corn.



October is home to Financial Planning Month, LGBTQ History Month, Domestic Violence Month, and more. It’s also when we celebrate Do Something Nice Day, Black Poetry Day, Women in Business, and apparently, handbags. The point is, there are so many opportunities for creative and meaningful marketing that will help you to authenticate your brand voice and stand out.

october marketing ideas: breast cancer awareness month
And we’re covering all of them in this post—creative ideas for blog posts, social media, email, and more, with examples!

Diversity, equity & inclusion in October

Marketing around awareness causes affords your business many opportunities—to support a cause, to help your customers accomplish something fulfilling, and to build up the community around you. Here are the diversity, equity, and inclusion-focused causes in October that you can use to celebrate and foster a sense of belonging for all walks of life. October is the national awareness month for:

  • Anti-bullying
  • Bilingual children
  • Church safety and security
  • Depression education
  • Disability employment awareness
  • Down syndrome
  • Dwarfism
  • Dyslexia
  • Filipino-American history
  • German-American heritage
  • Global diversity
  • I’m Just Me Because
  • Italian-American heritage
  • LGBTQ history
  • Polish-American heritage
  • Women’s small business


october marketing ideas - global diversity awareness month instagram post

And here are some specific national days in October that can help you incorporate DEI in your marketing:

  • National Plus Size Appreciation Day (October 6)
  • World Mental Health Day (October 10)
  • National Coming Out Day (October 11)
  • Native American Day (Second Monday in October)
  • National Curves Day (Second Wednesday in October)
  • National Stop Bullying Day (Second Wednesday in October)
  • National Latino AIDS Awareness Day (October 15)
  • Black Poetry Day (October 17)
  • National LGBT Center Awareness Day (October 19)


october marketing ideas - national lgbtq center awareness day

October awareness causes

There even more monthly observances in October. You can see the full list at the bottom of this post, but here are some highlights. October is the national awareness month for:

  • Adopt a shelter dog
  • Animal safety and protection
  • Arts and humanities
  • Breast cancer
  • Crime prevention
  • Cyber security
  • Dental hygiene
  • Domestic violence
  • Dropout prevention
  • Economic education
  • Emotional wellness
  • Fairtrade
  • Financial planning
  • Fire prevention
  • Pregnancy and infant loss
  • Sustainable energy


october marketing ideas - national sustainable energy month instagram post

October national days

There are dozens of national days for every month of the year, but let’s take a look at some notables:

  • Hair Day
  • World Smile Day
  • Custodial Worker’s Recognition Day
  • Name Your Car Day
  • Consignment Day
  • Child Health Day
  • Get Funky Day
  • Do Something Nice Day
  • Coaches Day
  • Touch Tag Day
  • Boss’s Day
  • Black Poetry Day
  • Youth Confidence Day
  • Make a Difference Day

And let’s not forget Produce Misting Day…

october marketing ideas: produce misting day

There’s also a full list of October national days at the bottom of this post.

Inclusive October marketing ideas

Alright, now it’s time for the ideas. Let’s start with the ones that embrace DEI. Note that you may also want to check out our roundup of diversity, equity, and inclusion resources.

National Bullying Prevention Month

According to this USA Today article, 49% of children in grades 4-12 report being bullied at least once a month. This October awareness cause is particularly relevant to schools and education-based verticals, but also to businesses whose target market is made up of parents of school-aged children. You can promote this cause through your marketing by:

  • Posting stats to social media or providing your followers with anti-bullying resources or organizations they can donate to.
  • Donating a portion of your profits this month to an anti-bullying nonprofit.
  • Running a contest where kids can submit drawings or stories promoting safety, peace, and acceptance.

october marketing ideas: national bullying month facebook post

National Business Women’s Week

Business Women’s Week is a time to acknowledge and applaud female leaders in business. During this week:

  • Share relevant articles, stories, and stats about women in the workforce—like this one we wrote debunking myths about women in business.
  • Pull together a panel of female entrepreneurs and record a discussion.

october marketing ideas: business womens week

  • Interview an influential woman in your company, network, or industry and publish a write-up on your blog.

National Disability Employment Awareness Month

NDEAM happens every October and is aimed at recognizing the important role people with disabilities play in the American workforce and facilitating inclusive employment policies and practices. This year’s theme is “Disability: Part of the Equity Equation.” The NDEAM Social Media Kit is a great resource here, which includes social accounts to follow, images to share, sample posts, and disability employment influencers. Here are some examples:

  • Want to hire a diverse, talented workforce? Check out this free online toolkit from @JANatJAN with tools to create a more disability-inclusive and compliant workplace: https://askjan.org/toolkit/ #NDEAM
  • Lydia X. Z. Brown is an attorney, author & educator whose work focuses on intersectionality & disability justice. Among their many other achievements, they were the lead editor of All the Weight of Our Dreams, an anthology of works by autistic people of color. #NDEAM Spotlight


october marketing ideas - national disability employment awareness month sample tweets

You can also download the Department of Labor’s free poster or order it by mail.

October marketing ideas: cause-based

Here are some more ways to use October monthly awareness for cause-based marketing.

Domestic Violence Awareness Month

To help raise awareness for domestic violence, you can:

  • Host a Facebook campaign where you donate $1 to a local domestic violence shelter for every like your page receives during the month.
  • Have your team wear purple on #purplethursday to show your support for the cause.
  • Share the national domestic violence hotline number: 1-800-SAFE (7233) as well as the one for your local area.

october marketing ideas: domestic violence awareness

Breast Cancer Awareness Month

To incorporate breast cancer awareness into your marketing content this month, try out these ideas:

  • Have your team wear pink and share your #pinkpose on social media.
  • Choose a support charity to donate to, rather than an awareness charity. Support charities that fund direct patient support, such as Chemo Angels and the American Cancer Society.
  • Educate your followers with stats and tips on social media.

october marketing ideas: breast cancer awareness

Energy Awareness Month

If you’re in the industry, write an article sharing industry stats or your own perspective, and promote it on LinkedIn with key takeaways in the post itself. Make sure to include a #sustainableenergy hashtag, as this is a specific topic that will get searched by those who are interested in reading about it.

Another approach would be to share some DIY sustainable energy ideas, whether in the home, office, or classroom.

october marketing ideas: diy home energy projects

National Customer Service Week

Customer Service Week occurs the first full week of October. This week affords local marketing opportunities both internally and externally:

  • Spotlight a different customer service team member each day of this week on social media.
  • Offer something a little extra special for your customers, such as a coupon or a branded freebie.
  • Give a shoutout on social media to a business that exhibited exemplary customer service for you personally.
  • Request feedback about your customer service, whether through a survey, a Facebook poll, a social media conversation, or—wait for it— Instagram Story poll!
  • If you’ve won any sort of award (or even if you haven’t), write a post about how you deliver customer service. This is a good way to give tips to other businesses and to attract more customers.

These initiatives will highlight the importance you place on quality customer service, and consumers are attracted to customer-centered businesses.

Emotional Wellness Month

Emotional wellness is a supremely versatile topic, whether you’re a plumber or an interior designer; a SaaS company or in ecommerce. Here are some ideas:

  • Share an interesting article from a recent study on mental health.
  • Send an email out to your team and have everyone share one thing they do for their own emotional well-being. Then share their tips in a blog post.
  • Share some resources on finding therapists or support groups in your area.
  • Publish a blog post on an “emotional” topic:

october marketing ideas: emotional wellness week

October marketing ideas: national day-based

As with every other month of the year, October is jam-packed with plenty of national [insert just about anything here] days that can take you 90% of the way when coming up with unique marketing ideas. All you have to do is find a way to tie it back to your business. Let’s take a look. (And you can find tons of October social media ideas here, too.)

World Vegetarian Day

World Vegetarian Day occurs every October 1st. This is, of course, a great time for restaurants or shops with a largely vegetarian audience to give themselves a good ol’ pat on the back on social media or their website.

october marketing ideas: world vegetarian day

But regardless of industry, you can still get creative with this one:

  • For the more carnivorous restaurants, offer discounts on vegetarian dishes.
  • Health professionals (ideally who are vegetarians), run an AMA via Facebook Live or Instagram Live on vegetarianism
  • In your office, you could have a vegetarian potluck, with a prize for the best-voted dish. You could also simply encourage people to be vegetarian for the day and share their experiences on your social media feed.
  • If applicable to your business, publish relevant blog posts containing recipes, information, experiences, resources, and more.

october marketing ideas: national vegetarian day

World Smile Day

World Smile Day is celebrated on the first Friday of October every year. Here are some creative marketing ideas you can try out:

  • Dentists and orthodontists, of course, can share stats or eye-opening facts that encourage people to book their regular cleaning.
  • Any business can promote its best-selling products and services as something to smile about.
  • Use the day to announce the return of a seasonal favorite or new offering.

october marketing ideas: world smile day

National Cake Decorating Day

National Cake Decorating Day is held every October 10th. Instead of a cake decorating contest, you could:

  • Invite your followers to post their cake decorating fails on Instagram or Facebook with a custom hashtag.
  • Ask your followers to share their favorite confection creations. Remember, asking your followers to share their own experiences and perspectives on social media strengthens your personal connection with them and helps them to feel valued and heard.

october marketing ideas: cake decorating day

National Savings Day

This October observance day happens on the 12th of the month every year. It’s about having a savings account, so it’s a great topic for financial advisors or accountants. But also, who doesn’t want to save money?

Here are some ways to market your business on this day:

  • Write a blog post on how to save money related to your industry.
  • Compare the price of your offering with the price of more expensive alternatives and tally up how much money your customers save every year.
  • Share helpful information or resources for your audience—local resources if you can find them.
  • Run a contest. CapitalOne once ran a cool contest based on the results from this study:

october marketing ideas: national savings day

​In its #ShareMySave contest, it invited its audience to share images of their most treasured keepsake on Instagram or Twitter and explain why it’s special to them. By including the hashtags #ShareMySave and #Contest, they were entered into a contest to win weekly prizes of $500 and a grand prize of $10,000.

National Boss’s Day

This Facebook- and LinkedIn-friendly holiday occurs every October 16th. You could:

  • Surprise your boss with a heartfelt post on what you admire about them, what leadership skills they exemplify, or lessons they’ve taught you.
  • What if you are the boss? Share mistakes you’ve made and lessons you learned from them (a good example of the Pratfall Effect)
  • Or just choose another boss you know…

october marketing ideas: boss's day

Get to Know Your Customers Day

Get to Know Your Customers Day occurs on the third Thursday of the first month of every quarter, and only when the earth is tilted at 23.4 degrees (just kidding on that last part). This is a blatantly awesome marketing day in October, January, April, and July.

  • Engage your audience and collect valuable feedback by sharing surveys and short polls.
  • Ask about items or services they would love to see you offer. Like with this example…

october marketing ideas: customer appreciation day

…or this one:

october marketing ideas: get to know your customers day facebook poll

You could also search your company’s hashtag or location on social media and find some user-generated content to repost.

october marketing ideas: get to know your customers day

Sweetest Day

According to this source, the National Confectioners’ Association came up with Candy Day back in 1916 as a way to celebrate and support local candy shops and bakeries. During the war in 1917, the message morphed into “Get one for yourself and one for the boys overseas!” Once the war ended, four Michigan confectioners teamed up with the Red Cross to distribute candy to hospitals, orphanages, shelters, and homes across Michigan.

By 1929, it became official: National Sweetest Day occurs on the third Thursday of October and is associated with:

  • Charitable giving.
  • Acknowledging and appreciating your loved ones.
  • Paying it forward.

General October marketing ideas

If you’re too scattered during October (or all the time) and don’t have it in you to coordinate a promotion during a specific week or day, try out any of these general October marketing ideas that give you some more flexibility.

Show off a fall product or service

While September has songs of summer and November has the whispers of winter, October feels like the only true fall month (P.S. why did I get so poetic just now). This month may be the time to really focus on one of your fall-themed products or services.

  • Interior designers can feature fall-themed projects in their portfolios.
  • Flower shops can display fall-colored bouquets.
  • Restaurants can offer a cinnamon-spiced sangria (anything but pumpkin, please).
  • Landscapers can promote fall specials on Facebook or their Google Business Profile.

october marketing ideas: landscaping promo

To get even more participants, make it a limited-time offer available only for the month.

Switch up your ads with fall messaging and colors

Whether you’re running search ads on Google or Microsoft, display ads, Hulu ads, or any type of ad in between, October provides the perfect opportunity to refresh your ad copy or creative. For example, you might switch your media-rich ads to include background colors such as orange or red. Meanwhile, your responsive search ad headlines could include catchy fall slogans, like “spooktacular sales.” This can help you avoid overtiring your audience with the same ad while also staying relevant to the season.

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Send out an October newsletter

There are plenty of October newsletter ideas here, but for a short list:

  • Send out a BOO! Surprise deal with a Halloween promotion.
  • In honor of financial planning month, round up any blog posts you’ve published with budget-friendly tips and feature them in your email.
  • If you rolled out new customer loyalty programs, ran start-of-school-year specials, or hosted any events during September, share pictures and results in an October email newsletter.
  • You can also include a calendar of any additional specials you are running during the month or for November.

october marketing ideas: october newsletter

You may also be interested in these October email subject lines.

Dabble into the creative arts

The best source for creative marketing content? A creative marketing event.

  • Show customers how to make their own fall- or Halloween-inspired craft or recipe.
  • Write a blog post with a DIY video showing how to decorate a mantle with fall flowers and miniature pumpkins.
  • There are also plenty of opportunities for a pumpkin-carving or pumpkin-painting night.
  • If applicable to your audience, share menu ideas for a Halloween party.

october marketing ideas: halloween cookies

I mean, who wouldn’t want to sink their teeth into these…teeth. (Image source)

Participate in a pumpkin patch

Farmers markets or pumpkin patches are abundant during October,

  • Do a little local research to see if there are any annual events where you can set up a stand, offer a sponsorship, or volunteer at. Being involved in local events and causes is a win-win, as it markets your business for you while facilitating community building.
  • You could also donate free products or classes as a part of any raffles the event is running.

october marketing ideas: kick or treat promotion

Image source

Open your doors

If you’re located on a downtown Main Street of sorts o if you’re in a part of the country where the weather is beautiful at this time, get some fresh air into your building. This makes your business more inviting to passersby. A chalkboard outside with your specials, an inspiring quote, or a fun fact is an added bonus.

october marketing ideas: sandwich board outside small business

Halloween marketing ideas

What kind of October marketing ideas post would this be if I didn’t mention Halloween? Many of these Halloween marketing ideas are traditional, tried, and true, but with a little brainstorming and brand voice, you can always add that creative twist to catch your customers’ eyes.

Embrace the Halloween garb

Get your business in the spirit of the season by decorating your office, store, or even your website and social media pages with all the good stuff: mums, pumpkins, gourds, hay bales, burlap, skeletons, spiderwebs, ghosts, and the list goes on. This is more of a cliche marketing idea, but that doesn’t make it any less effective.

october marketing ideas: embrace halloween

When you’re proactive with your business’s appearance, this signals to customers that you care about the impression you leave on them, and reminds them that yours is not just a business, but a passion. You might even get really crazy and carve your company logo into a jack-o-lantern to place in your storefront with an electric candle at night.

Host a candy counting contest

Run a guessing contest to get customer email addresses in-store. Put a giant canister of whatever sugary Octobery sweets you choose, and have customers provide their email addresses with their estimate, or write it on the back of their business card. This can be done virtually, too. The winner gets a prize (perhaps all of the candy) ((unless you’re a dentist)) or coupon or discount off their next purchase.

Dress up for Halloween

I cringe slightly upon giving this suggestion, but I think this could be a great idea for businesses that cater to children. Plus, you don’t have to be in a full-blown clown suit. Dentists and hair dressers can make otherwise scary appointments more fun with a friendly scarecrow, farmer, or cowboy costume. Clowns and vampires might scare the youngsters, so stick with safer or more neutral options.

Host a Halloween costume contest

This one is also pretty cliche but it’s never not a fun time. Have a costume contest for your students, customers, staff, or even customers’ pets. Share the pictures on your blog, Facebook, Instagram, or Twitter and ask customers to vote for the winners. The winner gets a prize and is featured in next month’s newsletter.

october marketing ideas: pet costume contest

Participate in a Halloween event

Participating in any Halloween events going on around you—zombie 5k’s, trick-or-trunk nights, kids trick-or-treat afternoon in the office, or any building-wide Halloween activities if you work in a shared space. It’s tough to stop when you’re running a business, but more often than not, the break away from your tasks and the added laughter can actually recharge you and lead you to be more productive in the long run. Plus, the more you can interact with the people in your community, the more you can learn about how to serve them and really make a name for yourself.

Easy, effective, and inexpensive October marketing

Running an October-themed marketing campaign is a great way to authenticate your brand, interact more with your local community, and try out new tools and platforms. While they’re fun and creative, they’re also effective and can help you to increase your exposure, attract more customers, and build up your reputation. Try out one of these easy October marketing ideas and get yourself armed and ready for your holiday campaigns.

Interested in more marketing ideas for every month of the year? We can help with that.

And for planning, check out this marketing calendar template from our friends at LocaliQ.

Full list of October monthly observances

Click to expand the list

Thanks to National Day Calendar:

  • National Economic Education Month *
  • Adopt A Shelter Dog Month
  • Antidepressant Death Awareness Month
  • Bat Appreciation Month
  • Breast Cancer Awareness Month
  • Caffeine Addiction Recovery Month
  • Celebrating The Bilingual Child Month
  • Christmas Seal Campaign (10/1-12/31)
  • Church Library Month
  • Church Safety and Security Month
  • Co-op Month
  • Down Syndrome Awareness Month
  • Dyslexia Awareness Month
  • Eat Better, Eat Together Month
  • Emotional Intelligence Awareness Month
  • Emotional Wellness Month
  • Employee Ownership Month
  • Filipino American History Month
  • Financial Planning Month
  • German-American Heritage Month
  • Global Diversity Awareness Month
  • Halloween Safety Month
  • Head Start Awareness Month
  • Health Literacy Month
  • Home Eye Safety Month
  • Italian-American Heritage Month
  • International Walk To School Month
  • LGBT History Month
  • Long-Term Care Planning Month
  • National ADD/ADHD Awareness Month
  • National Animal Safety and Protection Month
  • National Apple Month
  • National Applejack Month
  • National Arts & Humanities Month
  • National Audiology Awareness Month
  • National Bake and Decorate Month
  • National Book Month
  • National Bullying Prevention Month
  • National Caramel Month
  • National Chili Month
  • National Chiropractic Month
  • National Cookbook Month
  • National Cookie Month
  • National Crime Prevention Month
  • National Critical Illness Awareness Month
  • National Cyber Security Awareness Month
  • National Dental Hygiene Month
  • National Dessert Month
  • National Disability Employment Awareness Month
  • National Depression Education & Awareness Month
  • National Domestic Violence Awareness Month
  • National Dropout Prevention Month
  • National Dwarfism Awareness Month
  • National Ergonomics Month
  • National Fair Trade Month
  • National Family Sexuality Education Month
  • National Fire Prevention Month
  • National Go On A Field Trip Month
  • National I’m Just Me Because Month
  • National Kitchen & Bath Month
  • National Learning and Development Month
  • National Liver Awareness Month
  • National Medical Librarian Month
  • National Non-GMO Month
  • National Orthodontic Health Month
  • National Pasta Month
  • National Pet CBD Month
  • National Physical Therapy Month
  • National Pickled Peppers Month
  • National Pizza Month
  • National Popcorn Poppin’ Month
  • National Pork Month
  • National Pretzel Month
  • National Principals Month
  • National Protect Your Hearing Month
  • National Pregnancy and Infant Loss Awareness Month
  • National Reading Group Month
  • National Roller Skating Month
  • National RSV Awareness Month
  • National Sarcastic Awareness Month
  • National Sausage Month
  • National Seafood Month
  • National Sensory Awareness Month
  • National Spina Bifida Awareness Month
  • National Stamp Collecting Month
  • National Sudden Cardiac Arrest Awareness Month – October
  • National Toilet Tank Repair Month
  • National Window Covering Safety Month
  • National Women’s Small Business Month
  • National Work and Family Month
  • National Sudden Infant Death Syndrome Awareness Month
  • Organize Your Medical Information Month
  • Pear and Pineapple Month
  • Photographer Appreciation Month
  • Polish American Heritage Month
  • Positive Attitude Month
  • Raptor Month
  • Rett Syndrome Awareness Month
  • Rhizomes and Persimmons Month
  • Rhubarb Month
  • Right Brainers Rule! Month
  • Self-Promotion Month
  • Spinach Lovers Month
  • Squirrel Awareness Month (Different Than Squirrel Appreciation Day in January)
  • Tackling Hunger Month
  • Talk About Prescriptions Month
  • Vegetarian Month
  • Wishbones for Pets Month (10/15 – 11/30)
  • Workplace Politics Awareness Month
  • World Blindness Awareness Month
  • World Menopause Month

Full list of October national days and dates

Click to expand the list

As promised, here’s your full list, thanks to National Day Calendar.

October 1

  • National Black Dog Day
  • National Hair Day
  • Fire Pup Day
  • National Homemade Cookies Day

October 2

  • National Produce Misting Day
  • National Custodial Worker’s Recognition Day
  • National Name Your Car Day
  • National Fried Scallops Day
  • National Consignment Day – First Monday in October
  • National Child Health Day – First Monday in October

October 3

  • National Techies Day
  • National Boyfriend Day
  • National Eat Fruit At Work Day – First Tuesday in October

October 4

  • National Cinnamon Bun Day
  • National Taco Day
  • National Golf Lover’s Day
  • National Vodka Day
  • National Walk to School Day – First Wednesday in October
  • National Pumpkin Seed Day – First Wednesday in October
  • National Coffee with a Cop Day – First Wednesday in October

October 5

  • National Get Funky Day
  • National Rhode Island Day
  • National Do Something Nice Day
  • National Apple Betty Day

October 6

  • National Coaches Day
  • National Orange Wine Day
  • National Plus Size Appreciation Day
  • National Mad Hatter Day
  • National German-American Day
  • National Noodle Day
  • National Manufacturing Day – First Friday in October
  • National Body Language Day – First Friday in October
  • World Smile Day – First Friday in October

October 7

  • National Chocolate Covered Pretzel Day
  • National LED Light Day
  • National Frappe Day
  • National Inner Beauty Day
  • National Trigeminal Neuralgia Awareness Day

October 8

  • National Fluffernutter Day
  • National Hero Day
  • National Pierogi Day
  • American Touch Tag Day
  • National GOE Day – Sunday of the First Full Weekend
  • Clergy Appreciation Day (or Pastor Appreciation Day or Ministry Appreciation Day) – Second Sunday in October

October 9

  • National Leif Erikson Day
  • National Moldy Cheese Day
  • National Online Bank Day – Second Monday in October
  • National Kick Butt Day– Second Monday in October
  • Native American Day – Second Monday in October
  • Columbus Day – Second Monday in October

October 10

  • National Angel Food Cake Day
  • National Cake Decorating Day
  • National Handbag Day
  • National Metric Day
  • World Mental Health Day

October 11

  • International Day of the Girl Child
  • National Sausage Pizza Day
  • National Coming Out Day
  • General Pulaski Memorial Day
  • National Curves Day – Second Wednesday in October
  • National Emergency Nurse’s Day – Second Wednesday in October
  • National Bring Your Teddy Bear to Work/School Day – Second Wednesday in October
  • National Stop Bullying Day – Second Wednesday in October
  • National Fossil Day – On Wednesday of Second Full Week in October
  • National Take Your Parents To Lunch Day – Second Wednesday in October

October 12

  • National Savings Day
  • National Vermont Day
  • National Freethought Day
  • National Farmer’s Day
  • National Gumbo Day

October 13

  • National Train Your Brain Day
  • National Yorkshire Pudding Day
  • Navy Birthday
  • National Metastatic Breast Cancer Awareness Day
  • National No Bra Day

October 14

  • National Dessert Day
  • Be Bald and Be Free Day
  • National Chess Day – Second Saturday in October
  • National Costume Swap Day – Second Saturday in October
  • National Motorcycle Ride Day – Second Saturday in October
  • I Love Yarn Day – Second Saturday in October

October 15

  • National Shawarma Day
  • National Aesthetician Day
  • National Cheese Curd Day
  • National I Love Lucy Day
  • National Grouch Day
  • National Latino AIDS Awareness Day
  • National Pregnancy and Infant Loss Awareness Day
  • National White Cane Safety Day

October 16

  • National Boss’s Day (if it falls on a weekend, then the closest workday)
  • National Sports Day
  • National Liqueur Day
  • National Dictionary Day
  • Global Cat Day
  • Department Store Day
  • National Clean Your Virtual Desktop Day – Third Monday in October

October 17

  • National Edge Day
  • National Mulligan Day
  • National Pasta Day
  • Black Poetry Day
  • Pro-Life Day of Silent Solidarity – Third Tuesday in October
  • National Pharmacy Technician Day – Third Tuesday in October
  • National Get Smart About Credit Day – Third Thursday in October

October 18

  • National Exascale Day
  • International Legging Day
  • National Chocolate Cupcake Day
  • National No Beard Day
  • Support Your Local Chamber of Commerce – Third Wednesday in October
  • Medical Assistants Recognition Day – On Wednesday of Third Business Week in October
  • BRA Day USA – Third Wednesday in October
  • Hagfish Day – Third Wednesday in October

October 19

  • National Kentucky Day
  • National Seafood Bisque Day
  • National LGBT Center Awareness Day
  • Get to Know Your Customers Day – Third Thursday of Each Quarter (January, April, July, October)

October 20

  • National Chicken and Waffles Day *
  • National Youth Confidence Day
  • National Brandied Fruit Day

October 21

  • National Witch Hazel Day *
  • National Pumpkin Cheesecake Day
  • National Reptile Awareness Day
  • National Sweetest Day – Third Saturday in October

October 22

  • National Make a Dog’s Day
  • National Nut Day
  • National Color Day
  • National Mother-in-Law Day – Fourth Sunday in October

October 23

  • National Boston Cream Pie Day
  • National Mole Day
  • National TV Talk Show Host Day (Johnny Carson’s birthday)
  • Swallows Depart from San Juan Capistrano Day
  • iPod Day

October 24

  • National Food Day
  • National Bologna Day
  • United Nations Day

October 25

  • National Greasy Food Day
  • Sourest Day
  • Chucky, The Notorious Killer Doll Day

October 26

  • National Financial Crime Fighter Day
  • National Tennessee Day
  • National Day of the Deployed
  • National Mule Day
  • National Pumpkin Day
  • National Mincemeat Day

October 27

  • National American Beer Day
  • Navy Day
  • National Black Cat Day
  • National Pharmacy Buyer Day – Friday of Last Full Week in October
  • National Frankenstein Friday – Last Friday in October
  • National Breadstick Day – Last Friday in October

October 28

  • National Internal Medicine Day
  • National Chocolate Day
  • National First Responders Day
  • National Make A Difference Day – Fourth Saturday in October
  • National Trick or Treat Day – Last Saturday in October

October 29

  • National Cat Day
  • National Oatmeal Day
  • National Hermit Day
  • World Stroke Day

October 30

  • National Speak Up For Service Day
  • National Publicist Day
  • National Candy Corn Day

October 31

  • National Doorbell Day
  • National Caramel Apple Day
  • National Knock-Knock Jokes Day
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Kristen McCormick

Kristen is the Head of Marketing at Hatch, a customer communication platform for service-based businesses. She was previously the Senior Managing Editor at WordStream. Her cat Arnold has double paws on every paw, and she finds life to be exponentially more delightful on a bicycle.


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