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October 2024 Events Celebrations & Special Days

Halloween lanterns

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Events, celebrations, awareness events, saint's days, annual campaigns, major sporting events - UK and global festivities happening in October 2024.

As the days get shorter and the nights draw in, October is the month when we celebrate Halloween and have a break from school for October Half Term, celebrate Black History Month and get creative with the the Big Draw Festival.

Here are the key dates and events happening this October in England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland as well as around the world.

October 2024 Events Celebrations & Special Days

Black History Month

1st Oct to 31st Oct 2024

Black History Month is a month-long observance throughout October, devoted to education about the history of Black people and the celebration of their contributions to history.


Coffee Day

1st Oct 2024

This is an internation celebration of coffee, organised by the International Coffee Organisation, the world trade body for coffee producers. So drink a coffee to give you a good start to the month!


The Big Draw Festival

1st Oct to 31st Oct 2024

The Big Draw is a month-long festival of drawing activities for young and old alike. During the month-long event there are a whole host of events organised to encourage people to get drawing.


World Vegetarian Day

1st Oct 2024

World Vegetarian Day is the first day of Vegetarian Awareness Month. It encourages people to give meatless food a try (even for a day) and learn about its many benefits.


Rosh Hashanah

2nd Oct to 4th Oct 2024

Rosh HaShanah is the Jewish New Year festival. It is marked by the blowing of the shofar, a ram's horn, and begins the ten days of penitence culminating in Yom Kippur. It is celebrated by eating festive meals and the lighting of candles.

World Dyslexia Awareness Day

4th Oct 2024

A day for awareness of the issues faced by those with dyslexia. The day highlights the issues and teachers, employers and the general public, and is part of Dyslexia Week.


World Space Week

4th Oct to 10th Oct 2024

A UN organised week to celebrate each year at the international level the contributions of space science and technology to the betterment of the human condition.


Space Wordsearch

World Smile Day

5th Oct 2024

A day started by Harvey Ball, creater of the smiley, as a day which is dedicated to smiles and kind acts throughout the world.


Free Printable Letter From Santa

World Teachers Day

5th Oct 2024

UNESCO day which provides the occasion to celebrate the teaching profession worldwide, to take stock of achievements, and to address some of the issues central for attracting and keeping the brightest minds and young talents in the profession.


Thank You Teacher! Teacher Appreciation Colouring Picture

Grandparents Day UK

6th Oct 2024

Grandparents Day in October is the UK's celebration of grandmothers, grandfathers and all grandparents. It is a day to appreciate and show your love for your grandparents.

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October Half Term (Scotland)

14th Oct to 18th Oct 2024

Schools across Scotland break up for a week's holiday, check with your school for individual date variations.

Things To Do In October Half Term

Shwmae Su'mae Day

15th Oct 2024

Shwmae Su'mae Day is an annual celebration of the Welsh Language, encouraging people to have a go at speaking Welsh with their friends.


LEGO Life Magazine

International Archaeology Day

15th Oct 2024

A celebration of archaeology and its contributions to society. Archaeological organizations around the world present archaeological programs and activities for people of all ages and interests.


National Grouch Day

15th Oct 2024

This is a day to celebrate all the grouches we know ? or to embrace the grouch that lives inside all of us. It celebrate Sesame Street's famous grouch, Oscar.


World Singing Day

19th Oct 2024

World Singing Day is a global sing-along held annually on the 3rd Saturday in October. As a catalyst for positive human connection, this one day each year serves as an opportunity to celebrate our global family through the international language of music.


International Repair Day

19th Oct 2024

Held on the 3rd Saturday in October, this day promotes environmmental benefits of the repairing items, and is organised by the Open Repair Alliance. It promotes the use of Repair Cafes and Fixit Clinics around the world.


Apple Day

21st Oct 2024

An annual celebration of apples and orchards which was started in 1990 by Common Ground. It is celebrated with apple-themed events demonstrating all the things that you can do with apples. It also encourages diversity of apple varieties grown in the UK.

About Apple Day


Apple Colouring Pictures

Trafalgar Day

21st Oct 2024

A celebration of Lord Horatio Nelson's victory at the Battle of Trafalgar. A ceremony is held on his ship HMS Victory each year and his famous signal ?England expects that every man will do his duty? is hoisted in flags.

About Trafalgar Day

Trafalgar Day Wordsearch

World Opera Day

25th Oct 2024

A day for celebrating opera and for encouraging people of all ages to develop a passion for opera.


British Summer Time Ends

27th Oct 2024

Daylight saving ends today, so remember that the clocks go back 1 hour at 2am in the morning.

October Half Term

28th Oct to 1st Nov 2024

Schools across England, Wales and Northern Ireland break up for a week's holiday, check with your school for individual date variations.

Things To Do In October Half Term

National Cat Day

29th Oct 2024

Cat Day is a US based holiday for cats and cat lovers that encourages adoption of cats from animal shelters and breaks the internet with cuteness!


Cat Wordsearch

International Internet Day

29th Oct 2024

A celebration of the invention of the internet, held on the day when the very first message was sent via the internet.



31st Oct 2024

The world wide celebration of all things spooky and scary. Halloween is thought to have it's roots in the pagan festival of Samhain which was a type of harvest festival. It is celebrated with trick or treating, dressing up and decorations.

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The Day of the Dead

31st Oct to 2nd Nov 2024

The Mexican holiday of Dia de Muertos actually takes place over 3 days. The festival is a happy celebration with gatherings of family and friends to pray for and remember friends and family members who have died.

Day of the Dead Sugar Skulls Colouring Pictures

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