1. Eat a vegetarian meal. October 1st is World Vegetarian Day – a great reason to explore the amazing array of vegetarian foods available to us these days. Consider hosting a vegetarian dinner party (you can find recipes here), or visiting a local vegetarian restaurant. You can even make an official pledge not to let a morsel of meat pass your lips all day.
2. Read a graphic novel. October 2nd is the day the Peanuts Comic Strip was first published, in 1950. What an excuse to while away the day at your local comic book store or visit the local library to explore the wonderful world of graphic novels.
3. Take a walk around your local neighbourhood. The first Monday of October is World Habitat Day. This year it falls on October 3rd, with the theme 'Cities and Climate Change'. Take some time to explore and appreciate your own city habitat – local parks, shops, community centres, etc.
4. Visit the Observatory. October 4th to 10th is World Space Week and this year the theme is '50 years of human spaceflight'. If you're feeling energetic, you can organise and register your very own space-related event but for the lazier amongst us, it might be more realistic to just do a bit of stargazing.
Sydney Observatory at night
5. Write your grandparents a letter. If you didn't manage to phone your Gran last month, maybe you could write her a letter this month. It seems appropriate, given October 7th is International Day for Older Persons and October 9th is World Post Day.
6.Go to a public lecture. Universities offer free, public lectures on almost every topic imaginable. October 12th is Freethought Day – a celebration of rationality and secularism, held on the anniversary of the end of the Salem Witch Trials – making this a great month to find out what's on at a Uni near you.
7.Eat spaghetti. Or ravioli. Or tortellini. Or lasagne. Or whatever sort of pasta takes your fancy. October 25th is World Pasta Day, and with so many different types of pasta so readily available, it seems a shame not to jump on the bandwagon.
8. Celebrate Halloween. October 31st is Halloween, which traces back to the Celtic harvest festival of Samhain. Massive migration has now spread this festival all over the world, providing children and adults alike with an excuse to wear costumes and gorge themselves on lollies. Get into the spirit (pun intended) by holding a theme party, carving a face into a pumpkin, or scaring the crap out of neighbourhood children.
9. Visit an art gallery. In the U.S. October is National Arts & Humanities month, initiated to encourage lifelong participation in the arts and humanities. I figure that's a worthy cause, no matter where you're from.
10. Watch a movie. Get some Russian history into ya' the fun way, by renting the movie 'October (Ten Days that Shook the World)'. October is also Popcorn Poppin' Month, so make a real movie night of it with a big bowl of microwave popcorn.
By john5 - reader Thursday, 29th of September @ 06:02 am
Firstly, congratulations on your suggestions, they are all great - except "Halloween". This is an american tradition that has absolutely nothing to do with us. Why don't we create our own version of Halloween, such as "Search for the spirits of Captain Cook, Ned Kelly and Governor Macquarie": where could they be, etc.. This would allow kids to delve into our history and learn in the process. Better than celebrate the burning of witches in a remote place called Salem.
By enriquito2005 - reader Thursday, 29th of September @ 07:52 pm
Don't need an excuse to eat popcorn or Italian - but you've given us a perfect one! I never knew there were so many events in October!
By Erica Webb - senior reviewer Friday, 30th of September @ 04:24 am
What a clever list! Well done!
By dlsc - reader Sunday, 2nd of October @ 10:47 pm
I will never understand people who are so against Halloween because it is an 'American Tradition'. Yes it is biggest in American at the moment, and a lot of what we see is based on the American way of celebrating, but the traditions go back to before American was even colonised.
It also has got nothing to do with burning the witches at Salem...(in fact the people involved with the Salem witch trials weren't burnt)
I think this is a great list Jacky! Including Halloween. I think trick-or-treating is a bit off in Australia, because it isn't a wide spread custom and people shouldn't feel pressured, but otherwise it is a fun excuse to dress up and throw a party.
Henry, there is nothing stopping you from creating your own 'Halloween' tradition and adding in Australian history to the mix. But why not enjoy world-wide history too. :)