National Doorbell Day | October 31
(Last Updated On: November 9, 2022)


National Doorbell Day | October 31
National Doorbell Day | October 31


On October 31st, National Doorbell Day will have doorbells ringing more than any other day of the year. The day recognizes the little buzzer, unique tones, and rings that alert us to visitors to our doors every day of the year.


More than 41 million American children dress up and trick-or-treat every Halloween. In honor of the workout the door chime will receive, the celebration recognizes J.Ralph Corbett, the inventor of the first NuTone brand melodious door chime.


Engage visitors with a riddle or tongue twister to celebrate the day. Greet family members with a password or trivia question about the doorbell to gain entry. Enjoy the festivities and stay safe this Halloween!

With every ring, chime, jingle and more, celebrate the day with each visitor.

Technology brings a variety of ways to explore the doorbell, too. What unique chimes do you recall from movies or television history?

Use #NationalDoorbellDay to share on social media.


NuTone™ founded National Doorbell Day to celebrate the innovative development of the first melodious door chime invented by J.Ralph Corbett during the Great Depression. His invention replaced the buzzers and knockers that often alerted residents to visitors. Today, NuTone is proud to announce the launch of NuTone Knock™, the company’s revolutionary new video doorbell that allows homeowners to see and talk to visitors from anywhere in the world using their smartphones.

The Registrar at National Day Calendar® proclaimed the day to be observed annually beginning in 2017.

Doorbell FAQ

Q. How did the first doorbells work?
A. Similar to the way the first school bells worked, a visitor pulled a cord to initiate the ring. However, the bell was located inside the home, instead of outside a school bell. When the visitor pulled the cord, it caused a hammer to strike the bell.

Q. Who invented the first electric doorbell?
A. Joseph Henry, Jr. (1797-1878) is credited with the invention of the electric doorbell. From 1846 to 1878, Henry served as the Smithsonian Institution’s first Secretary. He, among other inventors of his era, studied electromagnetism.


October 31st Celebrated History


The 22nd Postmaster General, Alexander Randall, issues an order describing letter carrier uniforms. The cadet blue uniforms included a black stripe on the pant leg. Throughout the U.S. Postal Service’s history, the style and color of the uniforms have changed. Today, postal workers sport darker postal blue uniforms with the eagle emblem.


Veterinarian John Boyd Dunlop invents the pneumatic tire for bicycles.


Joseph H. Campbell Co. trademarks Campbells for its baked beans.


When the money ran out, work stopped on the giant sculpture started by Gutzon Borglum at Mount Rushmore. Even though Borglum’s designs included a more complete sculpture, the mountain sculpture in the Black Hills of South Dakota remains unchanged since this date.


Pilot Lt. Commander Conrad C. Shinn lands a plane at the South Pole for the first time.


The Soyuz TM 31 delivers the first resident crew to the International Space Station (ISS). For over 20 years later, teams of astronauts have continually manned the ISS without interruption.

October 31 Celebrated Birthdays

Juliette Gordon Low – 1860

In 1912, Howe founded the Girl Scouts of America with 18 girl members in Savannah, GA.

Julia Peterkin – 1880

The Southern author of seven books is best known for her novel Scarlet Sister Mary for which she won a Pulitzer Prize.

Ethel Waters – 1896

The singer and actress began her career as a blues singer. Her musical talents brought her critical acclaim on both stage and screen. She was noted for her work in the Broadway hit Cabin in the Sky and the film Pinky.

Michael Collins – 1930

The astronaut piloted two spacecraft during his career. His first mission on Apollo 11 landed the first men on the Moon.

Katherine Paterson – 1932

The award-winning children’s author is best known for her novel Bridge to Terabithia.

Isabel Alvarez – 1933

The Cuban-born pitcher played five seasons in the All American Girls Professional Baseball League.

John Candy – 1950

The comedian appeared in more than 60 films, including Planes, Trains and Automobiles, Spaceballs, Canadian Bacon, and Uncle Buck.

Vanilla Ice – 1967

The rapper turned DIY television host released his first album in 1989. Hooked featured his hit song “Ice Ice Baby.”

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