National Frankenstein Friday Last Friday in October


'If I cannot inspire love, I will cause fear!' Mary Shelley, #FrankensteinFridayClick To Tweet

National Frankenstein Friday on the last Friday in October recognizes author Mary Shelly, the novel Frankenstein, her characters, Dr. Frankenstein and the monster.  Dating back to the 1800s, Frankenstein’s monster 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.

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


Watch a movie featuring Frankenstein or read the original book written by Mary Shelly and find out who Frankenstein is on Frankenstein Friday. Use #FrankensteinFriday to post on social media.


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

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