October 12, 2019

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 Chess Day

It is believed that President Gerald Ford declared October 9th as "National Chess Day" back in 1976.

National Freethought Day

The purpose of National Freethought Day is to encourage people to be free thinkers and to base opinions on facts, science, logic and reason.

National Farmer’s Day

A day of honor is very much deserved to all of the hard-working farmers. National Farmer's Day is observed annually on October 12th as a day for them and to pay tribute to all farmers throughout American history.

National Gumbo Day

Gumbo is a stew popular in the state of Louisiana, and is the state's official state cuisine. Its origin dates back to the early 18th century, and is believed to be a creation made by slaves with the unwanted food materials from slave owners.

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.