Have you noticed how many “national holidays” have sprung up over the years? Just about every day of the year is a day to celebrate something. From play-doh is rad day to national hot cocoa day and everything in between. This is why I created the National Holiday Ideas Calendar – October to add some engaging lessons and activities to your home school routine.
I began this series began last month.
If you’re interested in seeing the September ideas, you can check them out here.
This month marks the beginning of my favorite season, fall. This October calendar is full of fun fall ideas and activities surrounding the many National Holidays for the month.
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October is National Go On a Field Trip Month
Why not celebrate by planning a field trip each week? Since it’s fall, there are so many fun and festive field trips you can plan.
Here are some ideas:
- Take a trip to a Pumpkin Patch – buy some pumpkins then learn to make a pumpkin pie
- Visit a Candy Shoppe – learn how to make candy apples
- Visit a Corn Maze – then create your own mazes on paper
- Fall Scavenger Hunt – collect pine cones, acorns, and leaves to make fall decorations and crafts
- Go Apple Picking – use the apples to make a yummy treat
- Visit the park to play a game of touch football
10/2 – National Pumpkin Seed Day
Have you ever made your own roasted pumpkin seeds?
There’s nothing like them. The ones they sell at stores don’t even come close to the rich nutty flavor you get when you make them yourself. Plus they are easy to do!
Go buy a pumpkin from anywhere you like – just know that the number of seeds vary from pumpkin to pumpkin.
Cut it open and remove all the “guts”.
This is the hardest part – you will need to remove the seeds from the guts. It takes a bit and is tedious, but once you taste the roasted seeds you’ll wish you had more.
Rinse the seeds in water. Then lay them flat on a sheet pan that is sprayed with oil.
Lightly coat the seed in oil and sprinkle generously with salt.
Bake in the oven at 350° for about 20 minutes. Toss the seeds around during cooking so they cook evenly. You’ll know they are done when they start to turn a little brown.
Let them cool and enjoy!
You can store your seeds for up to 4 days in an airtight container.
10/4 – National Taco Day
Celebrate today by having a taco for every meal!
Breakfast – Pancake Tacos – fold a pancake-like a taco shell, then fill with scrambled eggs, bacon, and cheese.
Lunch – Bean & Cheese Tacos – use an 8″ tortilla, spread cooked refried beans inside, sprinkle with cheese – heat to melt the cheese. Fold like a taco – enjoy!
Dinner – Taco Bar – set-up a fun taco bar with bowls filled with various toppings. Have ground beef and chicken, cheese, lettuce, tomatoes, cilantro, beans, sour cream, salsa, corn, and whatever else you like. You can do taco bowls or shells.
Get creative and have fun!
10/9 – Leif Erikson Day
Leif Erikson was a Viking explorer who was actually the first person to discover America.
PBS has a great lesson on Erikson that you can take from and fit into a one day lesson. Check it out here.
For even more fun – you can learn to play Viking Chess from themythologyteacher.com – direct download in the calendar.
10/10 – National Cake Decorating Day
You can learn how to decorate a cake by taking a local cake decorating class or simply by watching a tutorial on YouTube.
Gather up a few supplies like decorating tips, frosting bags, your favorite buttercream recipe and off you go.
I recommend decorating cupcakes so that everyone can do multiple designs and the smaller surface will make it less tedious.
You can pick up this decorating kit from Wilton at Walmart for a great price.
10/16 – Dictionary Day
Celebrate Dictionary Day by celebrating the words themselves.
This post from blog.wordnik.com has a bit of history about dictionaries and ways to celebrate the day.
Some ways to celebrate words could be to complete crossword puzzles, word searches, learn some interesting vocabulary or crazy words, or look up the differences in American English and British English.
10/21- Reptile Awareness Day
Reptiles are awesome!
Reptile Awareness Day is a day to not only celebrate them but to also learn about reptiles and how environmental changes can and are affecting them.
Reptiles are some of the most interesting and diverse creatures. Check out this post 21 Interesting Facts About Reptiles from reptileknowledge.com
Who knows, after learning more about them, you may even decide to get one yourself.
10/26 – Pumpkin Day
Pumpkin Day would be a great day to go visit a pumpkin patch!
Our favorite fall activity is visiting the pumpkin patch.
They have food stands that offer pumpkin baked goods and apple cider. You can go on a hayride or take your chances in the corn maze.
The best part, in my opinion, is the pumpkin patch itself. I love taking a wagon out into the vast fields of pumpkins in search of the perfect one.
Our patch sells pumpkins and gourds in many sizes, colors, and shapes. They also sell dried corn, hay, and dried corn stalks that are perfect for creating that fall feeling at home.
Why not grab a small pie pumpkin and use it to make your own pie at home? Need a recipe for that? Check this one out.
10/28 – National Chocolate Day
There are so many ways to celebrate Chocolate Day, but my favorite is by eating it.
I love me some chocolate, how about you?
I found this book written by Sandra Boynton who is the author of some of my kids’ favorite books when they were little.
Since I am the nostalgic type, I decided to get her book Chocolate: The Consuming Passion. It’s cute and funny, but it also has a lot of chocolate facts too.
Another great way to celebrate is to visit a local chocolatier or candy shop.
We have a local shop that has a mini chocolate museum where you can see and touch cocoa nibs and learn all about how chocolate is made. Then they offer a walkthrough tour of their candy room where you can watch the chocolatiers at work.
No chocolate celebration would be complete without actually eating chocolate, obviously!
A fun way to do this could be to buy different types of chocolate by sweetness and do a tasting with a rating card.
I made a cute tasting card just for this purpose which you will get with your calendar download. Just be sure to start with the bitter chocolate and work your way to the sweet one.
10/31 – Halloween
If you are looking for a fun Halloween themed mini-lesson, you’ve come to the right place.
Included in your calendar is a link to my Spooky Sonnets Mini-Poetry Lesson – a quick one-day activity to bring some spookiness to your day.
If you’re looking for some costume, decor, or ways to save money this Halloween, you should check out this post from craftloadofcrafts.com
I hope you have found this National Holiday Ideas Calendar – October a festive addition to your school week or family fun night.
Remember, I will be offering a new National Holiday Ideas Calendar each month full of engaging and educational lessons and activities just for you.
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