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6 Wild and Wacky October Holidays You Can Have Fun Celebrating

Natalie, a Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology, is a freelance writer who is always searching for what lies within the potential.

October ushers in a number of interesting holidays.

October ushers in a number of interesting holidays.

October’s Not Just for Halloween Anymore

It’s October, the month when we dress up and parade around the neighborhood in search of candy, tricking those who won’t give us a treat. As fun as Halloween is for children and adults alike, there are also other holidays in October that are a bit crazy and sometimes bizarre, but in a good way. Celebrate some of these far-fetched holidays and keep the fun going all month long.

Celebrate Willy Wonka Day on October 1st.

Celebrate Willy Wonka Day on October 1st.

October 1 - International Willy Wonka Day

This holiday was created by a couple who discovered while sharing their top 10 list of movies that only one was featured on both lists. They decided to create a holiday to celebrate the movie. It was decided they would celebrate it on October 1st—fans of the movie know why. This is a great holiday to start the month off with, as there are so many ways to celebrate.

The couple who founded it suggest hiding candy around the house labeled with family members' names, then, at 10:00 am (fans will know why), start searching for it. After all the candy has been found, sit down to watch the movie. Other ways you can celebrate include dressing up like Willy Wonka, the Oompa Loompas, or any other characters in the movie. (Just remember what happens to all the naughty children.) Have a sing-along and sing all of the verses to the Oompa Loompa song. You can also write your own verses for added fun.

Dress up like a chic spy on October 5th to celebrate this little-known holiday.

Dress up like a chic spy on October 5th to celebrate this little-known holiday.

October 5 - Chic Spy Day

Chic Spy Day is a holiday commemorating well-dressed spies everywhere. It is generally acknowledged that a spy that is fashionably dressed is more effective at gathering information and catching the bad guys than a poorly dressed one. Today honors those stylish spies in popular movies and TV shows. It was placed on this day because October 5, 1962, was when James Bond, the most elegant spy of them all, played by Sean Connery, made his first appearance in the movie Dr. No.

Modern-day spies in popular culture typically fight like superheroes, all the while remaining charming, sophisticated, and never breaking a sweat. They use state of the art surveillance equipment and weapons—James Bond had access to his own technology department that constantly came up with new inventions to help him win and stay alive. These spies were attractive and unfailingly likable. Dating back to the beginning of the film industry, spy films are still popular today, focusing on such themes as counter-terrorism and political corruption.

Celebrate Chic Spy Day by throwing a James Bond party. Have everyone dress up like a James Bond character, serve vodka martinis, shaken, not stirred, and champagne. Play Bond movie theme songs such as "License to Kill" by Aretha Franklin, "Diamonds Are Forever" by Shirley Bassey, or "Skyfall" by Adele.

Or throw a more general party letting guests choose their favorite spy to dress as. Have a fashion show and vote on who is the chicest spy in the room. Hand out toy gadgets as party favors. Put up wanted posters with the guests' pictures on them and come up with creative crimes for them.

Serve spy-themed foods such as Her Majesty’s Secret Sandwiches with any type of filling, Espionuggets, which are simply chicken nuggets with a fancy name, and Hot on the Trail Mix (see recipe suggestions below). Put out bottled water or other drinks labeled “Truth Serum.” If it’s a hot day, hand out water pistols or invite guests to bring their own and make water bombs. Then create a secret mission that can be carried out in teams soaking each other in order to protect the nation from evil villains and ensure justice prevails.

Suggestions for Hot on the Trail Mix

There are no hard and fast rules for trail mix. You can add just about anything you want to create your own version made special for your party. Select options from the list below, and store them in an airtight container until it’s time to put them out.

  • Salt-Free Nuts (almonds, pistachios, cashews, peanuts, walnuts, macadamia nuts, hazelnuts, Brazil nuts, pecans, or pine nuts)
  • Seeds - (pumpkin, sunflower, sesame, flax, or hemp seeds)
  • Grains and Cereals (shredded wheat cereal, pretzels, Cheerios, Chex, bran flakes, whole-wheat crackers, granola, sesame sticks, goldfish crackers, mini-Triscuits, toasted oats, puffed rice cereal, muddy buddies, or air-popped popcorn).
  • Dried Chopped Fruit - (apples, cherries, cranberries, goji berries, blueberries, strawberries, apricots, raisins, banana chips, figs, pineapple chunks, mango, papaya, pears, craisins, shredded coconut, or dates)
  • Candy - M&M's (plain or peanut), Reeses Pieces, Marshmallows, Add a sprinkling of candy chips (milk, dark or white chocolate, peanut butter, mint, carob, or butterscotch), milk duds, yogurt or chocolate-covered raisins, nuts or pretzels, chocolate-covered coffee beans, plain or chocolate covered mini marshmallows
  • Extras - Anything you enjoy can be added, such as wasabi peas, dried ginger, or edamame.
Celebrate national dessert day on October 14th.

Celebrate national dessert day on October 14th.

October 14 - National Dessert Day

There’s no explanation needed for what National Dessert Day celebrates (not to be confused with Eat an Extra Dessert Day, which falls on September 4th). Although this is a U.S. holiday, anyone anywhere can join in the fun as dessert knows no nationality. Break out the recipes and bake your favorite dessert or several of them to share with friends and family. There are also several freebies that are offered today from different chains across the country that you can use to satisfy your sweet tooth. These include:

  • Black Angus Steakhouse: Your choice of a free dessert when you register for the Prime Club.
  • Krispy Kreme: Download the Krispy Kreme Rewards app and receive a free glazed doughnut.
  • Red Lobster: Get a free dessert when you register for the Fresh Catch Club.
  • T.G.I. Fridays: Join Fridays Rewards and get a free dessert.
  • Village Inn: Sign up with the eClub and get a free slice of pie.

To celebrate National Dessert Day, some people enjoy a dessert that is considered to be uniquely American. These may be options such as chocolate ice cream or apple pie. Others may choose to make or buy a dessert that was popular at different times in the U.S. Some of these include chocolate cake, key lime pie, coffee cake, brownies, checkerboard cake, Boston creme pie, chocolate chip cookies, cheesecake, apple crisps, brown betty, bananas foster, and black and white cookies among others.

If you are from another country, feel free to substitute dessert options that are specific to where you live. Of course, you don’t have to have a strategy at all for selecting what desserts to eat today. Choose whatever you enjoy. Repeat for every meal and, if you have room, one or more snacks.

Make this tri-color pasta salad in honor of National Pasta Day.

Make this tri-color pasta salad in honor of National Pasta Day.

October 17 - National Pasta Day

Although most people associate pasta with Italy, it can be traced back thousands of years to Asia. Regardless of where it comes from, pasta is one of the most popular dishes in the world due to its versatility. It is one of the most often cited comfort foods. There’s no trick to celebrating National Pasta Day. Just pick your favorite type of pasta, add any ingredients you like, cover in sauce, and enjoy. Some of the types of pasta you can select from include:

  • Elbow macaroni
  • Rigatoni
  • Egg noodles
  • Ravioli
  • Fusilli
  • Lasagna
  • Vermichelli
  • Linguine
  • Pappardelle
  • Fusilli
  • Cannelloni
  • Farfalle
  • Fettuccini
  • Spaghetti
  • Manicotti
  • Penne rigate
  • Tagliatelli
  • Rotelle
  • Angel hair

Tri-Colored Vegetable Pasta Salad Recipe

This salad is simple to make and is great for lunch or as a dinner side any time of the year.


  • 1 bag tri-color rotini
  • 1 teaspoon of salt (optional)
  • 1 teaspoon of vegetable oil
  • 3 stalks Celery chopped
  • 1 can chickpeas
  • 1 bag mixed frozen vegetables (Corn, Carrots, Green Beans, Peas), thawed
  • 1 each green bell pepper, yellow bell pepper, red bell pepper, seeded, membrane removed, diced
  • 1 carton fresh mushrooms, sliced thin
  • 1 small Vidalia onion (substitute yellow onion if Vidalia is unavailable), chopped
  • 1 carton cherry tomatoes, cut into quarters
  • 1 teaspoon Italian seasoning
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • ½ cup Italian dressing


  1. Boil rotini according to package instructions. Add a little oil to the water to keep noodles from sticking together. You can add salt to the water to give noodles a little extra flavor. Drain and rinse noodles under cold water to stop the cooking. Transfer to a large bowl.
  2. Add the vegetables, Italian seasoning, garlic powder, and Italian dressing. Mix well.
  3. Taste and add extra dressing and seasoning to taste, if needed.
  4. Transfer to storage container and refrigerate for 2 to 3 hours before serving.
  5. You can add other ingredients to this salad to make it a meal by itself. Try feta cheese for a kick, 2 cups of chopped chicken or fresh salmon, or a large can of tuna for some added protein.

October 23 - T.V. Talk Show Host Day

This holiday was created to celebrate the birthday of the king of late-night television, Johnny Carson, who hosted the Tonight Show for over 29 years. Today is not only to honor Johnny Carson but to show appreciation to all the talk show hosts who entertain and inform us. You can celebrate this holiday by having a television talk show marathon. Make a video where you act as a talk show host and post it. To help you structure your day, a list of some of the best-known talk show Hosts are listed below.

Talk Show Personalities

  • Oprah Winfrey
  • Jimmy Kimmel
  • Ellen DeGeneres
  • Larry King
  • Jack Par
  • David Letterman
  • Stephen Colbert
  • Jimmy Fallon
  • Whoopi Goldberg
  • Barbara Walters
  • Dr. Oz
  • Dr. Phil
  • Steve Harvey
  • Queen Latifah
  • Rachel Ray
  • Katie Couric
  • Aisha Tyler
  • Jenny McCarthy
October 31st's other lesser-known holiday is Increase Your Psychic Powers Day.

October 31st's other lesser-known holiday is Increase Your Psychic Powers Day.

October 31 - Increase Your Psychic Powers Day

I’m thinking of a number between one and ten. Can you guess what it is? No? Then today is the day for you to work on increasing your psychic powers. Some activities you can do to help you hone your psychic powers are predicting what people are going to do or say throughout the day, whether a flipped coin will land heads or tails, or who will call you tonight, reading a psychic development book, get a psychic reading and learn to read Tarot cards yourself or interview a known clairvoyant in your area. If you celebrate today with friends and family, I can see that you will have a great time.

© 2018 Natalie Frank


Natalie Frank (author) from Chicago, IL on June 23, 2018:

Miebakagh - thanks for stopping by.

Miebakagh57 on June 17, 2018:

Hi Natalie, it's okay.

Natalie Frank (author) from Chicago, IL on June 17, 2018:

Absolutely Flourish - Pretend away!!! And the best part is that you can act like a secret spy and look great doing it! Dessert day is one of those days everyone loves - eat to your hears content! Thanks for the comment and for stopping by.

Natalie Frank (author) from Chicago, IL on June 17, 2018:

So then make your own! Thanks for the comment.

Miebakagh Fiberesima from Port Harcourt, Rivers State, NIGERIA. on June 14, 2018:

Hello Natalie, not every country celebrate Dessert Day. I think you said a substitute will do.

Thank you anyway and enjoy the day.

Natalie Frank (author) from Chicago, IL on June 14, 2018:

Everyone loves Dessert Day! What's not to love? I'm glad the article made you smile. Hope you come back for more.

Natalie Frank (author) from Chicago, IL on June 14, 2018:

Seems like those are the two that everyone loves the most. Thanks for the comment and for stopping by.

Natalie Frank (author) from Chicago, IL on June 14, 2018:

You can celebrate any way you choose. Of course you can buy instead! Whatever make your holiday more celebratory! Have fun!

Natalie Frank (author) from Chicago, IL on June 14, 2018:

You and me both! Glad you like the idea of Her Majesty's Secret Sandwiches. This was a fun article to write. Thanks for the comment and for stopping by.

Draco from United Kingdom on June 14, 2018:

Thank you Natalie for this article. I enjoyed reading it and had a big smile on my face throughout. I am a huge desert fan so October 14th is my favourite day of the month!

Liz Westwood from UK on June 07, 2018:

My top ones would be the James Bond day and the dessert one! Another great selection of days to celebrate.

Natalie Frank (author) from Chicago, IL on June 06, 2018:

Well, Bill, if there isn't anything on your birthday make up your own! The Bill Holland Do Whatever You Want as Long as It's Fun Day! There - what do you think? Thanks for the comment as always.

Natalie Frank (author) from Chicago, IL on June 06, 2018:

Miebakagh Fiberesima, glad you enjoyed the article. That Dance Festival in your country sounds interesting - maybe you'll write a hub about it one day! Thanks for stopping by and for the comment.

Dora Weithers from The Caribbean on June 04, 2018:

Was interested in Dessert Day until you mentioned bringing out the recipe. Hope we could buy instead!

FlourishAnyway from USA on June 04, 2018:

Count me in for the dessert day and the chic spy day. I’m reading a book right now written by a former CIA agent that gives survival techniques. Made me wish I had done something super secret and important like that as a career. But I can pretend.

Linda Crampton from British Columbia, Canada on June 03, 2018:

I love the idea of Her Majesty's Secret Sandwiches! You've described some interesting holidays. I'm especially looking forward to National Dessert Day.

Bill Holland from Olympia, WA on June 03, 2018:

I'm offended there is nothing on my birthday,the 13th, but Dessert Day is close enough to celebrate! :)

Miebakagh Fiberesima from Port Harcourt, Rivers State, NIGERIA. on June 03, 2018:

Hello Natalie, I have an interest in reading widely, so I take delight in reading your story.

I was very much moved with the gypsies or pygmies dancing and I began to imitate their steps that are graceful and simple.

Something I took note of is hiding candy around the house.

I think this is the trick used by a brewing giant(Nigeria Brewery Plc) in my country Nigeria, to celebrate its annually MALTINA Dance All festival, in which only movies celebrities partake. Celebrities had to find the candy in a forest or specific location. The prize is very high up to a million dollar including an SUV.

I greatly enjoy reading the hub and watch the video 3 times.

Thank you, Natalie.