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31 Things of October: From Adopt a Shelter Dog Month to Chili Week

By Beth Clark • October 18, 2018

October Awareness and Celebration Month Themes

The goals in choosing which National Days and holidays to promote here at ThriftBooks usually include reading, humor, learning, awareness, and/or having fun, with an undertone of acceptance and diversity, because books are for everyone. But with thousands of themes to select from in any given year, as much as we'd love to include everything for everyone, it's simply not possible, at least until quantum physics advances a bit more. For October, we had 114 possible monthly themes, 60 weekly ones, and 147 "National Day" and other daily observances to pick from; some (obviously) silly, and some not.

Below are 31 monthly observances we would have given more love to in an alternate universe with unlimited calendar space (30 plus the one we actually picked), along with eight weekly ones, so if you're a sarcastic vegetarian chili-lover who wants to start a reading group, learn about squirrels, and adopt a shelter dog this month, we have you covered!

On a more serious note, October awareness topics also include breast cancer, Down syndrome, domestic violence, and tackling hunger, so we have reads on those in stock too.

  1. Adopt A Shelter Dog Month
  2. AIDS Awareness Month
  3. Bat Appreciation Month
  4. Breast Cancer Awareness Month
  5. Down Syndrome Awareness Month
  6. Emotional Intelligence Awareness Month
  7. Halloween Safety Month
  8. Italian-American Heritage Month
  9. LGBT History Month
  10. National Apple Month
  11. National Book Month
  12. National Bullying Prevention Month
  13. National Chili Month
  14. National Cyber Security Awareness Month
  15. National Disability Employment Awareness Month
  16. National Domestic Violence Awareness Month
  17. National Dropout Prevention Month
  18. National Ergonomics Month
  19. National Pizza Month
  20. National Reading Group Month
  21. National Sarcastic Awareness Month
  22. National Seafood Month
  23. National Sensory Awareness Month
  24. National Sudden Cardiac Arrest Awareness Month
  25. National Sudden Infant Death Syndrome Awareness Month
  26. Photographer Appreciation Month
  27. Positive Attitude Month
  28. Squirrel Awareness Month
  29. Tackling Hunger Month
  30. Vegetarian Month
  31. World Menopause Month

October Weekly Themes

Week One:

Mystery Series Week
National Chili Week

Week Two:

National School Lunch Week
American Beer Week

Week Three:

Freedom of Speech Week
Astronomy Week

Week Four:

Get Organized Week
Chicken Soup for the Soul Week

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