National Month Observances in October

October is National Apple Month
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If you're an American of Polish ancestry, an author or seller of ​cookbooks, or a country music artist, then October is the month for you. That's because October is Polish American Heritage Month, National Cookbook Month, and Country Music Month, as well as (the more serious) Health Literacy Month.

The United States is very prolific at creating "national month" events. Along with businesses (from major corporations to local mom and pop shops), numerous worthwhile organizations and special interest groups establish one or more promotions during a calendar month to get their name and message out to the public.

While it might make sense for lovers of vegetarian food and pork to celebrate their food preferences at different times of the year, owners of Italian restaurants can take this month to celebrate both pizza and pasta⁠—topped with pepperoni and/or spinach⁠. And for those organizations that help people who are being abused by a spouse or partner, October is the month to raise an extra amount of attention to that important work.

The following events are observed every year for the entire calendar month.

  • ADHD Awareness Month
  • Adopt a Shelter Dog Month
  • American Pharmacists Month
  • Bat Appreciation Month
  • Breast Cancer Awareness Month
  • Celebrating the Bilingual Child Month
  • Computer Learning Month
  • Country Music Month
  • Down Syndrome Awareness Month
  • Dyslexia Awareness Month
  • Emotional Intelligence Awareness Month
  • Emotional Wellness Month
  • Fair Trade Month
  • Family History Month
  • German-American Heritage Month
  • Global Diversity Awareness Month
  • Gourmet Adventures Month
  • Halloween Safety Month
  • Health Literacy Month
  • I'm Just Me Because Month
  • Italian American Heritage Month
  • Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender History Month
  • Long-Term Care Planning Month
  • National Animal Safety and Protection Month
  • National Apple Month
  • National Applejack Month
  • National Arts and Humanities Month
  • National Audiology Awareness Month
  • National Biscuit Month
  • National Book Month
  • National Bullying Prevention Month
  • National Caramel Month
  • National Chiropractic Health Month
  • National Cookbook Month
  • National Cookie Month
  • National Cosmetology Month
  • National Country Ham Month
  • National Crime Prevention Month
  • National Cybersecurity Awareness Month
  • National Dental Hygiene Month
  • National Depression Education and Awareness Month
  • National Dessert Month
  • National Disability Employment Awareness Month
  • National Domestic Violence Awareness Month
  • National Dropout Prevention Month
  • National Ergonomics Month
  • National Family Sexuality Education Month
  • National Hispanic Heritage Month: September 15-October 15
  • National Kitchen and Bath Month
  • National Pasta Month
  • National Physical Therapy Month
  • National Pickled Peppers Month
  • National Pizza Month
  • National Popcorn Poppin' Month
  • National Pork Month
  • National Pretzel Month
  • National Protect Your Hearing Month
  • National Roller Skating Month
  • National Seafood Month
  • National Stamp Collecting Month
  • National Toilet Tank Repair Month
  • National Window Covering Safety Month
  • National Work and Family Month
  • Organize Your Medical Information Month
  • Patient-Centered Care Awareness Month
  • Polish American Heritage Month
  • Pregnancy and Infant Loss Awareness Month
  • Spina Bifida Awareness Month
  • Spinach Lovers Month
  • Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS) Awareness Month
  • Vegetarian Awareness Month

If you support a cause or interest that is not already designated, you should consider contacting Chase's Calendar of Events. The directory establishes annual events from the silly to the serious.