Kw-logo-smaller

October Holidays

Sep 30, 2013
Columbus Day is observed on the second Monday of October in the United States.
Columbus Day

October is all about scary movies, spooky costumes and freaky stories. But you can have a rockin' Halloween and still pay your respects to these other lonely holidays. Take a look at the October holidays and observances that may be feelin' a bit neglected.

World Mental Health Day

World Mental Health Day was first observed in 1992, and is celebrated every year on October 10th. Each year there is a theme to help bring awareness to the world about mental health. In 201, the theme is Living With Schizophrenia. Find out if your school is planning something for this day and see how you can get involved in this cause!

World Mental Health Day is October 10thWorld Mental Health Day is October 10th
 

Columbus Day

This holiday is in honor of explorer Christopher Columbus, who first came to the New World on October 12, 1492. Since 1920, it has been an annual holiday in the United States. President Franklin Roosevelt set aside October 12th as Columbus Day in 1937. Later, President Richard Nixon declared Columbus Day a national holiday to be celebrated on the second Monday in October.

Canadian Thanksgiving

The origins of Canada's Thanksgiving are more closely connected to the traditions of Europe than of the United States. Long before Europeans settled in North America, festivals of thanks and celebrations of harvest took place in Europe in the month of October. The very first of these Thanksgivings was celebrated in Canada when Martin Frobisher, an explorer from England, arrived in what is now known as Newfoundland in 1578. That means the first Thanksgiving in Canada was 43 years before the pilgrims landed in Plymouth, Massachusetts! But it wasn't until 1937 that the second Monday in October was officially declared a national holiday.

Canadian Thanksgiving is celebrated in OctoberCanadian Thanksgiving is celebrated in October
 

United Nations Day

United Nations Day is observed to celebrate the coming together of the 81 different countries that form the United Nations (UN). It was on January 26, 1945 that 50 countries signed on to be a part of the UN, and on October 24th of the same year, the United Nations Charter was passed and the United Nations became an official governing body. The United Nations Day mission statement is that the day "shall be devoted to making known to the people of the world the aims and achievements of the United Nations, and to gaining their support for the work of the United Nations." The United Nations is involved with numerous humanitarian and war-related issues every year.

The United Nations EmblemThe United Nations EmblemCourtesy of The United Nations
 

Halloween

It's a night for goblins, witches and ghouls to come out and have a good ol' time. And it's time for you to bob for apples, carve jack-o-lanterns, dress-up in your scariest garb and head off to the Halloween dance. What could possibly make this day better? Why, getting free candy just for dressing up in a crazy costume! And if you're looking for a bit more info on the history of All Hallows Eve, then check out our History of Halloween article.

Have Your Say

What is your favorite October holiday? Let us know!

 

 

>
>

readers voted!

Comments

pricetag

pricetag wrote:

Halloween (:
commented: Thu Oct 24, 2013

JennyD

JennyD wrote:

Halloween!! XP
commented: Tue Oct 15, 2013

adavi91125

adavi91125 wrote:

Halloween seeing skulls all around make me happy
commented: Mon Oct 07, 2013

there are 28 more comments

Please login or register to add comments


like this article?
Sign up now to get more just like!

latest videos

F1159558237703

Body of Water Named After Frobisher?

  • Martin Lake.
  • Frobisher Bay.
  • Martin Strait.
  • Frobisher River.

related stories

Micro_costumes_micro
October 31 is coming up soon! If you’ve got no clue what you want to dress up as for Halloween, w...
Micro_haunted-house-micro
When you think about Halloween what are the first images to come into your mind? Most of us assoc...
Micro_columbus_micro
Get ready to discover a whole "new world" of information about the navigator Christopher Columbus...
Micro_united-nations-day-micro
October isn't just about dressing up like a freaky monster and scaring little kids. That's fun to...

Random in the forums

sugarpetals
RadiatioN 
reply about 1 hour
arthi
arthi posted in Say Anything:
SorcereR
reply about 1 hour
sugarpetals
HogwartS
reply about 1 hour
arthi
arthi posted in General:
win
reply about 1 hour
prettesgirl
prettesgirl posted in General:
Cute of NAh
reply about 1 hour

play online games

Candy-100

A great online version of the famous Candy Crush. This is the best game launched...

1515_gl_kidzworld_100x100_jpg_fz

Intriguing planets, weird and wonderful characters; challenge friends and find a...

157262_(2)

When you go back to Candyland, you’ll wonder why you ever left in the first plac...

100x100_ra_logo_girl

Uncle George has left you his farm, but unfortunately it’s in pretty bad shape. ...

_thumb_100x100

Shoot blobs with different properies to merge yellow blobs. Your blobs can be re...