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October 31, 2014 – NATIONAL CARAMEL APPLE DAY – NATIONAL MAGIC DAY – NATIONAL KNOCK KNOCK JOKE DAY – NATIONAL BREADSTICK DAY – NATIONAL FRANKENSTEIN DAY – GIRL SCOUT FOUNDERS DAY – HALLOWEEN

30 Oct Happy Halloween
National Caramel Apple Day October 31.  Image Credit:  http://stickyfingersapples.com/shop/gourmet-apples/double-dunked-caramel/

National Caramel Apple Day October 31. Image Credit: http://stickyfingersapples.com/shop/gourmet-apples/double-dunked-caramel/

NATIONAL CARAMEL APPLE DAY

One of the fun memories of many people’s childhood is eating caramel apples in the fall of the year.  It may have been at a fair, at a carnival, at a Halloween party or just at home with family and friends, but the memory is a good one and part of the fun was making them.

Each year on October 31, we celebrate caramel apples on National Caramel Apple Day.

  • Caramel apples (sometimes called taffy apples) are made by dipping apples, on a stick, in hot caramel.
  • Caramel apples are sometimes sprinkled with nuts, chocolate or other confections.
  • For caramel apples in high production, a sheet of caramel can be wrapped around the apple and then heated to melt the caramel evenly onto it.
  • The most commonly preferred apples used in making caramel apples are tart, crisp apples such as Granny Smith or Fuji apples.
  • Caramel apples are enjoyed by millions of people, young and old, across the nation.
  • This holiday has been perfectly coordinated to coincide with Halloween as that is the post popular time that caramel apples are made and shared.

NATIONAL CARAMEL APPLE DAY HISTORY

National Caramel Apple Day, an “unofficial” national holiday is sponsored by the National Confectioners Association.

 

National Magic Day October 31

National Magic Day October 31

NATIONAL MAGIC DAY


The person performing such illusions is called a magician or an illusionist.
As part of National Magic Week, National Magic Day is celebrated by magic lovers across America each year on October 31.  Magic is described as: “Performing art that entertains audiences  by staging tricks of creating illusions of seemingly impossible or supernatural feats using natural means.”

Magical performances have more than likely been performed throughout history.  One of the most well known magicians was Harry Houdini.  Known for his *escapology, Houdini had developed a range of stage magic tricks and made full use of the range of conjuring techniques, including fake equipment and collusion with individuals in the audience.  His show business savvy was as great as his performance skills.  Scranton, Pennsylvania is home to the Houdini Museum.

* Escapology is the practice of escaping from restraints or other traps. 

There are many different types of magic performances which may fall into one of the falling categories:

Stage illusions – Parlor magic – Platform magic – Micromagic – Escapology – Pickpocket magic – Mentalism – Theatrical seances – Children’s magic –  Online magic tricks – Mathemagic – Corporate magic or trade show magic – Gospel magic – Street magic – Bizarre magic – Shock magic – Comedy magic

HAPPY NATIONAL MAGIC DAY!

NATIONAL MAGIC DAY  HISTORY

Our research found that National Magic Day, an “unofficial” national holiday is sponsored by the Society of American Magicians. In 1938, a Chicago member of the Society of American Magicians, sought official sanction for a “Houdini” day.  This day was sanctioned by Mrs. Houdini and October 31 was proclaimed National Magic Day in Harry Houdini’s memory.
 Harry Houdini (March 24, 1974 – October 31, 1926)

 

National Knock Knock Joke Day October 31

National Knock Knock Joke Day October 31

NATIONAL KNOCK KNOCK JOKE DAY

Knock Knock
Who’s There?
National 
National Who?
National Knock Knock Joke Day!
National Knock Knock Joke day is observed annually on October 31.  This holiday is for jokesters of all ages to share their knock knock jokes throughout the day.
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A little history of the Knock Knock Joke:
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1929:  The game of Buff – A child with a stick thumps it on the ground using the following dialogue:
Knock Knock
Who’s There:
Buff
What says Buff:
Buff say Buff to all his men And I say Buff to you again.
1934:  The standard knock knock joke format was used in a newspaper humor column:
Knock Knock
Who’s There?
Rufus
Rufus Who?
Rufus the most important part of your house.
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1936:  Likely the beginning of popularity for knock knock jokes.

Knock knock jokes became a regular part of the Rowan & Martin’s Laugh-in Show in the late 1960′s and early 1970′s.

Children learn to tell knock knock jokes, as one of their first types of jokes, at a very young age.

NATIONAL KNOCK KNOCK JOKE DAY HISTORY

Within our research, we were unable to find the creator and the origin of National Knock Knock Joke Day, an “unofficial” national holiday.

 

National Breadstix (Bread Sticks) Day

National Breadstix (Bread Sticks) Day is celebrated annually on the last Friday in October.

 

NATIONAL FRANKENSTEIN DAY

 The last Friday in October of each year celebrates National Frankenstein Friday.  This day celebrates the birth of Frankenstein and it’s creator.  Dating back to the 1800′s, Frankenstein is one of the best known horror characters of all times.

  • Created by Mary Shelly at the age of 21, Frankenstein was first published in 1818.
  • Frankenstein was made famous by Boris Karloff in the movie “Frankenstein” in 1931.

NATIONAL FRANKENSTEIN FRIDAY HISTORY

National Frankenstein Friday, an “unofficial” national holiday, was created in 1997 by Ron MacCloskey of Westfield, New Jersey.  It is said that Ron choose Friday as the date of celebration because of the “FR” connection in FRiday and FRankenstein.

** August 30 is also known in some sources as Frankenstein Day.  August 30 is Mary Shelly’s birthday.

 

GIRL SCOUT FOUNDERS DAY

Girl Scout Founders Day is celebrated each year on October 31.

Juliette Gordon Low, also known as “Daisy” who was born on October 31, 1860, was the founder of Girl Scouts of the USA, along with the help of Sir Robert Baden-Powell, the founder of the Scouting Movement.   In 1912, Low formed a Girl Guide troop in Savannah Georgia and in 1915, the Girl Guides became the Girl Scouts with Low becoming the first president.  She remained active with the Girl Scouts until the time of her death in 1927.   Low’s birthday, October 31, is celebrated by the Girl Scouts as “Founder’s Day”.

 

Happy Halloween

Happy Halloween

 Halloween

 

Halloween or Hallowe’en (/ˌhæləˈwiːn, -oʊˈiːn, ˌhɑːl-/; a contraction of “All Hallows’ Evening”), also known as Allhalloween,  All Hallows’ Eve,  or All Saints’ Eve,  is a yearly celebration observed in a number of countries on 31 October, the eve of the Western Christian feast of All Hallows’ Day. It initiates the triduum of Allhallowtide,  the time in the liturgical year dedicated to remembering the dead, including saints (hallows), martyrs, and all the faithful departed believers. Within Allhallowtide, the traditional focus of All Hallows’ Eve revolves around the theme of using “humor and ridicule to confront the power of death.”[

According to many scholars, All Hallows’ Eve is a Christianized feast initially influenced by Celtic harvest festivals, with possible pagan roots, particularly the Gaelic Samhain.  Other scholars maintain that it originated independently of Samhain and has solely Christian roots.

Typical festive Halloween activities include trick-or-treating (or the related “guising”), attending costume parties, decorating, carving pumpkins into jack-o’-lanterns, lighting bonfires, apple bobbing, visiting haunted house attractions, playing pranks, telling scary stories, and watching horror films. In many parts of the world, the Christian religious observances of All Hallows’ Eve, including attending church services and lighting candles on the graves of the dead, remain popular, although in other locations, these solemn customs are less pronounced in favor of a more commercialized and secularized celebration. Because many Western Christian denominations encourage, although no longer require, abstinence from meat on All Hallows’ Eve, the tradition of eating certain vegetarian foods for this vigil day developed, including the consumption of apples, colcannon, cider, potato pancakes, and soul cakes.

Source:  http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Halloween

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October 30, 2014 – NATIONAL CANDY CORN DAY – NATIONAL SPEAK UP FOR SERVICE DAY

29 Oct National Candy Corn Day October 30
National Candy Corn Day October 30

National Candy Corn Day October 30

NATIONAL CANDY CORN DAY

National Candy Corn Day is celebrated annually on October 30th.

Candy Corn was created by George Renninger of Wunderle Candy Company in the late 1800′s. He created this sweet treat to represent the pretty colors of kernels of corn.   Originally, Candy Corn was yellow, orange, and white, but has become popular in other colors as well, when produced for Christmas, Valentine’s Day, and Easter.

This confection was originally  made by hand using corn syrup, sugar, water, marshmallows, Fondant, and carnauba wax (a wax made from the leaves of a palm tree), but it is now produced using machines.  The originally ingredients are still used in the recipe.

Whether you are adventurous and want to go whip up a batch or go and purchase a bag, go and enjoy National Candy Corn Day.

****Enjoy****

NATIONAL CANDY CORN DAY HISTORY

Within our research, we were unable to find the creator and origin of National Candy Corn Day, an “unofficial” national holiday.

 

National Speak Up For Service Day October 30

National Speak Up For Service Day October 30

SPEAK UP FOR SERVICE DAY

Speak Up For Service Day is being established to recognize the importance of telling others about the need for young people to be actively involved in community service. Too often, good deeds of service by young people go unnoticed by their communities. This Speak Up For Service Day gives recognition to the unnoticed and serves as a reminder that people should tell others about the contributions of young people to their communities.

Sponsored by the Lions of North Dakota, the Speak Up For Service public speaking contest has become an annual event held in conjunction with the North Dakota State Lions Convention. Other Lions Clubs and Districts throughout North America sponsor similar public speaking contests where young people share their insight on issues of the day and the contributions of Lions to making the world a better place.

The history of the Speak Up For Service Project began in 2003 when the Fargo Lions Club initiated a public speaking contest for area high school students in honor of Laura Christensen Espejo, an woman who devoted her life to improving the health care services available to the less fortunate in the Fargo community and in Peru, the country of her husband Lucho. Lion Robert Littlefield coordinated the contest on the local level before launching it as a statewide initiative while serving as District Governor in 2010-2011.

In 2010, the first annual Lions Speak Up For Service public speaking contest was held at the North Dakota State Lions Convention held in Grand Forks. High school students who entered the competition spoke on topics related to young people and community service. Brent Johnson, a senior at Shanley High School was the first state winner of the Speak Up For Service contest. Johnson and the other contestants received scholarships for their participation in the event.

October 29, 2014 – NATIONAL CAT DAY – NATIONAL OATMEAL DAY – NATIONAL HERMIT DAY

28 Oct National Cat Day October 29
National Cat Day October 29

National Cat Day October 29

NATIONAL CAT DAY

National Cat Day, an “unofficial” national holiday, is celebrated each year on October 29.  This day is a holiday that is sponsored by the Animal Miracle Foundation and was created by Pet Lifestyle Expert and Animal Welfare Advocate Colleen Paige in 2005.   Since its inception, it has helped save the lives of more than one million cats.

National Cat Day was founded to help the public recognize the number of cats that need to be rescued.  The day also encourages cat lovers to celebrate the cats in their lives for the unconditional love and companionship that they bestow upon them.

Happy National Cat Day.

For more information, see http://www.nationalcatday.com/about.htm

National Oatmeal Day October 29.  Photo Credit:  http://www.health.com/health/gallery/0,,20307113,00.html

National Oatmeal Day October 29. Photo Credit: http://www.health.com/health/gallery/0,,20307113,00.html

NATIONAL OATMEAL DAY

One of America’s favorite breakfast foods is celebrated each year on October 29,  National Oatmeal Day.  

There are many health benefits to eating oatmeal.

  • A bowl of oatmeal daily can lower cholesterol
  • May reduce the risk of heart disease
  • May reduce your risk for cancer (according to the American Cancer Society, eating a diet high in fiber may help reduce your risk for caner)
  • Low in fat
  • Low in calories
  • Good source iron and fiber

Some of the favorite oatmeal toppings include: brown sugar, sugar, cinnamon, peaches, blueberries, strawberries, bananas, nuts, granola and etc.

Oatmeal has a long tradition in the state of Vermont which originated with the Scottish settlement in the state.  Although there were many variations, most of the oatmeal recipes began with steel cut oats.  The oats were soaked overnight in cold water, salt and maple syrup.  Early the next morning, the cook added ground nutmeg, ground cinnamon and if desired, ground ginger.  The pot was then placed over heat and cooked for approximately 90 minutes and then they were served with cream, milk or butter.

Vermont leads the United States in per capita consumption of cooked oatmeal cereal. 

The Quaker Man is one of the oldest advertising mascots in America.  He was registered by the Quaker Oats company as the first trademark for a breakfast cereal in 1877.

NATIONAL OATMEAL DAY HISTORY

Within our research, we were unable to find the creator or origin of National Oatmeal Day, an “unofficial” national holiday.

 

National Hermit Day October 29.  Photo Credit Jill Magnus

National Hermit Day October 29. Photo Credit Jill Magnus

NATIONAL HERMIT DAY

National Hermit Day takes place annually on October 29..

This is a day to take some time to spend alone.  It is time to step away from the hustle and bustle of your every day life and retreat to someplace quiet.

The word hermit comes from the Latin ĕrēmīta, meaning “of the desert”.

hermit is a person who lives, to some degree, in seclusion from society.

To celebrate National Hermit Day, find a secluded place to go today and:

  • Turn off your phone
  • Turn off your computer
  • Let your worries be free
  • Rest and relax
  • Enjoy your quiet time
  • Read, write or draw
  • Short Nap

HAPPY NATIONAL HERMIT DAY

NATIONAL HERMIT DAY HISTORY

Within our research, we were unable to find the creator and origin of National Hermit Day, an “unofficial” national holiday.

 

Don’t miss National Chocolate Day in 2015! Reserve your 2015 National Day WALL Calendar now.

28 Oct

There are so many reasons to have the 2015 National Day Wall Calendar.  The best one is that you can be prepared for your favorite National Days next year.

Everyday, we receive many requests as to when we are going to publish a calendar. Because of those many requests, we have decided to pursue this idea and publish a calendar for 2015.   Click here for more information or to order.

First of all, we wish to THANK EVERYONE who participated in our Indiegogo campaign.  As stated in the campaign, your 2015 Wall Calendars will ship the end of November.

National Day Wall Calendar

2015 National Day Wall Calendar

We have teamed up with PrintOnIt.com so we can continue to offer the 2015 calendar until our supply runs out.  Yes, we have a limited amount of calendars and they will only be available until that supply runs out.  The National Day Wall Calendar has two options. The first option is a beautiful 12″ X 24″ calendar with a photo on top with the calendar on the bottom.

The second calendar is a large print option with no photo. This 12″ x 24″ calendar features all the National Days and has plenty of room for notes.

We have some great specials and a very unique Write On & Wipe Off T-Shirt as another option.

Click here for more information or to order.

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