October 13, 2018
National Costume Swap Day
Homemade costumes may be a rarity these days but finding a unique and quality get up can still be achieved. By swapping with family and friends, making alterations and adding a few bits of your own genius, your kids can have a new costume. You'll save money, and their old costumes go to good use, too!
National Motorcycle Ride Day
The month of October is significant not only because this is toward the end of the riding season for a lot of motorcyclists in the USA, but it is also the month that John B. Dunlop developed the first practical pneumatic tire in 1887. Without this development in tire technology motorcycles would not perform as they do or be as enjoyable as they are today. That being said, this day is also dedicated to John B. Dunlop and his invention of the first practical pneumatic tire.
National Train Your Brain Day
This day was created to encourage everyone to expand and exercise their brain and use more of its potential capacity. There are many different ways to train your mind and improve your cognitive skills such as reading, word puzzles, number games, brain teasers, trivia games, riddles and word games.
National No Bra Day
National No Bra Day is meant to promote breast cancer awareness and to help raise money for research. Many women who have survived breast cancer are unable to go without a bra as they need it to hold their prosthesis after surgery. October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month, and National No Bra Day should serve as a reminder for all women to be screened for breast cancer.
International Day for Disaster Reduction
"International Day for Disaster Reduction, held every 13 October, celebrates how people and communities around the world are reducing their exposure to disasters and raising awareness about the importance of reining in the risks that they face". Visit UNISDR.org for more information
Mental Illness Awareness Week
During Mental Illness Awareness Week on Oct. 1-7, 2017, NAMI and participants across the country are raising awareness of mental illness. Each year we fight stigma, provide support, educate the public and advocate for equal care. Each year, the movement grows stronger. We believe that mental health issues are important to address year-round, but highlighting them during #MIAW provides a time for people to come together and display the passion and strength of those working to improve the lives of the tens of millions of Americans affected by mental illness. If you or someone you know may need a mental health assessment, anonymous online tools are available. For National Depression Screening Day on Oct. 5, you can get a free mental health screening at HelpYourselfHelpOthers.org. *Description taken from the National Alliance on Mental Health. Visit NAMI.org for more information.
National Kindness Matters Day
National Kindness Matters Day is observed on October 13 each year by having people perform 13 acts of kindness in their communities. It was started by Kindness Matters to commemorate the death of 13 year old Peyton James, who died by bullycide in 2014. The goal is to encourage people to change how they interact with each other and to fill the world with intentional acts of kindness. You can find out more about Kindness Matters at www.kindness-matters.org