As October rolls in, we're greeted with a mix of favorite traditions and celebrations, like the return of fall football and the anticipation of trick-or-treat.
This month is also special to many of us because it marks the shift in weather, the vibrant colors of changing leaves, and the chance to dig out those cozy sweaters and bake our beloved apple pies.
But there's more to October than football, costumes, and pumpkin spice.
It's a month packed with meaningful observances, causes, and fun holidays, from Breast Cancer Awareness Month and Mental Illness Awareness Week to Homemade Cookies Day and Make a Difference Day.
Here are ten events, holidays, and celebrations happening in October:
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1. Breast Cancer Awareness Month
October is dedicated to raising awareness about breast cancer, the most common cancer among American women with about 250,000 new cases diagnosed each year. Breast Cancer Awareness Month acts a reminder to prioritize breast health and support those affected. Oct. 1-31
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2. Pregnancy and Infant Loss Awareness Month
Throughout this month, families come together to remember and honor the little ones who left us too soon. It's a time for support, understanding, and healing. Oct. 1-31
3. Homemade Cookies Day
Kickstart October with a sweet tradition: baking homemade cookies with your kids. Try our jam-tastic Peanut Butter & Jelly Cookies recipe – it's delicious!
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4. Mental Illness Awareness Week
Mental health matters. Dial “988” to reach trained crisis counselors anywhere in the United States if you need help in a mental health, substance use, or suicide crisis. Oct. 1-7
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5. Taco Day
Who said tacos are only for Tuesdays? We're celebrating Taco Day on a Wednesday this year... which is fine with us because we love tacos every night of the week! Keep an eye on local restaurants for taco deals to celebrate! Oct. 4
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6. Fire Prevention Week
Safety first! Use this week to discuss fire safety with your family and ensure your home is prepared for emergencies. Check out these 10 National Fire Prevention Association fire safety tips for families. Oct. 8-14
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7. Indigenous Peoples' Day
Join the movement to honor and recognize the native people who originally inhabited our lands. Find out the Native American tribes that called your area home.
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8. International Day of the Girl
On this day, we champion the rights of girls worldwide, emphasizing education, healthcare, and equality. Learn about UNICEF's initiatives to support girls' rights. Oct. 11
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9. Make a Difference Day
The fourth Saturday of October is your chance to make a positive impact in your community through volunteer work. Find a project that aligns with your family's values and volunteer today! Oct. 21
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One of the most anticipated holidays of the year for many kids! Dressing up in fun costumes, fun treats, and candy... what's not to love? Be sure to check the Macaroni KID event calendar to find all of the great local Halloween activities and events happening today! Oct. 31