October Family Holidays: 31 Days of Fun Celebrations

October Family Holidays: 31 Days of Fun Celebrations. Yay October. We’re starting and ending the month with full beautiful moons. I LOVE autumn moons. How will your family celebrate this month?

October 1 –  Sorcerer’s Apprentice Day a/k/a Birthday of Composer Paul Dukas

This month, I want to explore some classic Halloween stories with my kids. So, this is the perfect way to start out. The Sorcerer’s Apprentice — which Paul Dukas composed into a symphonic poem — is not too scary, but it mingles in some magical elements. Going down the rabbit hole, we even have a Minnesota connection in the picture book version by Wanda Gág.

At Home Family Fun: Watch or Listen to the Sorcerer’s Apprentice. Maestro Classics offers a narrated audio version and FREE study guide. You can also find the Mickey Mouse version on either version of Fantasia — the original or 2000.
Read Aloud: Read a Picture Book version of the Sorcerer’s Apprentice by Minnesota author, Wanda Gág and/or compare the Sorcerer’s Apprentice to Strega Nona by Tomie dePaola. How are they the same?
Outing Idea: The MIA has several Wanda Gág drawings in its collection, with her signature spooky style. You can even see one currently on display – Winter Twilight is on view in in Gallery 262. (I’m disappointed that the Sorcerer’s Apprentice is not illustrated by Gág. Her illustrations would have fit the book beautifully.)
Meal Idea: Back to Strega Nona, make a big pot of spaghetti for dinner.
Dinner Conversation Starter: In the stories we read today, the young helpers wanted to take short cuts but didn’t take the time to learn first. What are some things we can work hard on now, so they come easier later?
Learn More: Learn more about Paul Dukas here.

The Sorcerer's Apprentice by Wanda Gag

Bonus Holiday: Today is Also The First of Two Full Moons in October. Start a moon chart today to follow all month.


October 2 – Kids Music Day also World Smile Day

We think these two holidays go hand in hand. Who doesn’t smile when they watch their kids make music?

At Home Family Fun: Many locally owned studios are offering virtual Family Music Classes this year.
Outing Idea: Visit Town Green Park in Maple Grove or another park with a music garden, and make your own music
Read Aloud: Stephen Shaskan’s books make Gianna smile. For Kids Music Day, we recommend Punk Skunks by Stephen Shaskan and Trisha Speed Shaskan.
Meal Idea: My husband has Spotify playlists for all our favorite food categories – Mexican, Italian, Thai, American… My kids guess what we are having for dinner based on the music. Make a playlist to match your meal tonight.
Dinner Conversation Starter: While you eat to your new playlist, brainstorm more playlist and song ideas for dinner music.
Learn More: Kids Music Day is dedicated to the importance of musical education for children.

read aloud wednesday


October 3 – National Poetry Day (UK and Ireland)

At Home Family Fun: Read and write your own poetry today. Make it silly or beautiful or thoughtful — whatever works for you.
Outing Idea: Take a self-guided tour of the City of Northfield’s Sidwalk Poetry.
Read Aloud: Read A Different Pond by local author/poet Bao Phi. With older kids seek out some of his poetry online.
Dinner Conversation Starter: Share your favorite poems tonight. My favorite poet is Pablo Neruda. Here is his Ode to the Onion.
Meal Idea: French Onion Soup. We love homemade French onion soup (5/6ths of us anyway). While most of us like it served traditionally with the melted cheese and chunky bread on top.  We also like to serve it with roast beef sandwiches and dip the sandwiches in the soup. Even the 1/6th that refuses to try the soup likes to dip. A tray of sliced veggies rounds out this meal for a very easy and filling weeknight dinner. My go to recipe is in Leanne Brown’s cookbook Good & Cheap. You can find the recipe here (and download the entire cookbook for FREE if you want).
Learn More: Official National Poetry Day site.


FIRST FULL WEEK OF OCTOBER FAMILY HOLIDAYS

October 4  – National Golf Lovers Day

At Home Family Fun: Here is a simple indoor mini golf course idea. It could work well outdoors, too.
Outing Idea: While some Twin Cities Mini Golf Courses are starting to close for the season, other’s are still going. Find an open course and get one more game in before the cool weather takes over.
Read Aloud: Curious George Plays Mini Golf  by H.A. Rey and/or Dragon Loves Tacos by Adam Rubin
Meal Idea: It’s both National Taco Day and National Crunchy Taco Day. Celebrate with both kinds of tacos, so everyone will be happy.
Dinner Conversation Starter: If you were to design a taco-themed golf course, what would it HAVE to include? Maybe a Hurricane Tortilla.
Learn More: on National Day Calendar.


October 5 – National Do Something Nice Day also World Teachers Day

At Home Family Fun: Do something nice for your teachers today. Make them a card and maybe tuck in a gift certificate.
Outing Idea: Choose one of these  7 Easy Ways to Give Back As A Family.
Read AloudDo Unto Otters: A Book About Manners by Laurie Keller is a fun book about treating others the way you want to be treated. (You can find this book on Bookflix, paired with We Are Citizens.  As long as you are logging on, you can also read the pairing of The Teacher from the Black Lagoon and This Is The Way We Go To School).
Meal Idea: It’s getting toward the end of apple season, but I think we can squeeze in one more apple crisp (to celebrate teachers). For Meatless Monday, serve a hearty vegetarian chili with this.
Dinner Conversation Starter: Who was/is your favorite teacher and why?
Learn More: about World Teachers Day.


October 6 –  Mad Hatter Day

At Home Family Fun: Play the Mad Hatter’s Hat Toss party game (you don’t need more than two people).
Outing Idea: Dust off your croquet set and set up at a nearby park. This way you can have room to spread out the game.
Read Aloud: If your kids are too small for Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland (which you can find free on Libravox), how about the Disney Golden Book, Mad Hatter’s Tea Party by Jane Werner.
Meal Idea: Make it a tea party with tea sandwiches (fancy for tiny sandwiches), crudités (fancy for raw veggies) and tea (of course).
Dinner Conversation Starter: The Mad Hatter says: “Everyone wants some magical solution for their problem and everyone refuses to believe in magic.” How do you feel about that?
Learn More: Mad Hatter Day (because his hat says 10/6)


October 7 – Celebrate Amelia Earhart.

At Home Family Fun: Make the Amelia Earhart paper airplane. (It’s heart-shaped and flies through the air)
— If you are planning ahead, watch the Amelia Earhart Presentation by Rob Ellos on the Landmark Center Website  on Sunday October 4th.  Unfortunately, it is only available one day.
Outing Idea: Visit the Aircraft Viewing Area by the MSP Airport.
Read Aloud: Night Flight: Amelia Earhart Crosses the Atlantic by Robert Burleigh
Meal Idea: According to NPR, Amelia Earhart loved tomato juice and hard-boiled eggs.
Dinner Conversation Starter: Would you want to be a pilot? Why or why not?
Learn More: On this day in Minnesota History, Amelia Earhart spoke at the Women’s City Club in St. Paul

Aircraft Viewing Area


October 8 – National Shopping Mall Day

At Home Family Fun: Hang up your dress-up stash, pull out your toy cash and play shopping mall?
Outing Idea: Visit Southdale Center in Edina? You might not be ready for a full-fledged visit, but maybe just drop by Games by James for a new family game.
Read Aloud: Ivan: The Remarkable True Story of the Shopping Mall Gorilla by Katherine Applegate .
Meal Idea: It is also National Pierogi Day. Yum!
Dinner Conversation Starter: Would you rather shop or play?
Learn More: Today is the Anniversary of the opening of the very first indoor shopping mall, Southdale Center in Edina.

Southdale Center
Southdale Center

October 9 – Celebrate the Birthday of Camille Saint-Saëns with an Animal Carnival!

At Home Family Fun: Listen to the Carnival of the Animals and act out each animal as it is played:

  • Lion
  • Hens And Roosters
  • Wild Donkeys
  • Tortoises
  • Elephant
  • Kangaroos
  • Fish
  • Cuckoo
  • Birds
  • Swan

Outing Idea: Visit Como Zoo or the Minnesota Zoo. (Both currently require pre-purchased online tickets)
Read Aloud: If I Ran the Zoo by Dr. Seuss.
Meal Idea: Let’s just finish the meal with animal crackers tonight. Easy. Done.
Dinner Conversation Starter: Play the Who Would Win game. Pick two animals and discuss who would win in a contest. You can choose the contest — ie: speed, strength, intelligence or all of these things.
Learn More: Go Deeper with Carnival of the Animals with a Maestro CD

Leonard Wilkening Children's Gallery - Como Zoo Spring Edition
Leonard Wilkening Children’s Gallery – Como Zoo

Bonus Holiday: Fire Prevention Day. We have some ideas for celebrating Fire Prevention Month Here.


October 10 – National Cake Decorating Day

At Home Family Fun: Do your kids love Nailed It! as much as mine? Stage your own competition – decorating individual cupcakes.
Outing Idea: Pick up your supplies at Lynn’s Cake and Candy Supplies. You can shop online and pick up.
Read Aloud: Pinkie Pie: Big Baking Bonanza! by Tallulah May is one of my 5-year-old’s favorite books. I would highly recommend borrowing this book from the library so you can make it go away when you are sick of it.
Meal Idea: Decorate a meat loaf like a birthday cake. Martha Stewart did it here.
Dinner Conversation Starter: The fun thig about Nailed It is watching people learn from their mistakes. What mistakes have you made recently? And What did you learn from them?
Learn More: About the History of Cake Decorating Here.


SECOND WEEK OF OCTOBER FAMILY HOLIDAYS

October 11 – National Sausage Pizza Day

Last month, we celebrated Pepperoni Pizza Day. This month the sausage pizza gets it day.

At Home Family Fun: Try this Homemade White Whole Wheat Pizza Dough recipe that we got from SheCooksDesigns (Shelagh offers one-on-one zoom classes if you want some help.)
Outing Idea: Need a night off from cooking? Give the Mike has several suggestions for the Best Pizzerias in Minnesota.
Read Aloud: I know we’ve already featured a Stephen Shaskan book this month, but we love him and this graphic novel just released this year — Pizza and Taco: Who’s the Best? by Stephen Shaskan
Meal Idea: Sausage pizza night however you want to do it — homemade from scratch, frozen, take out, take & bake, at a restaurant, from a food truck.
Dinner Conversation Starter: What is your LEAST favorite pizza topping?
Learn More: About Sausage Pizza Day

Try This Whole Wheat Crust from SheCooksDesign.

Bonus Holidays:


October 12 – Indigenous Peoples’ Day

At Home Family Fun: Learn about traditional Dakota games in this full color PDF from South Dakota State University.  Can you make any of these game with things you have around the house?
Outing Idea: Plan a visit the Pond Dakota Mission Park in Bloomington to learn more about Dakota Life. Sundays are the best day to visit.
Read Aloud: Takoza: Walks with the Blue Moon Girl by Tara Perron (This book is not easy to find, but Birchbark Books carries it.)
Meal Idea: It is not super easy to eat like the Dakota in modern Minnesota – it’s not like you can pick up buffalo, elk & deer at your average grocery store. This recipe is from Sean Sherman, The Sioux Chef. I wouldn’t be afraid to swap out some of the more difficult to find ingredients for more familiar options. I’m sure it will still be a good stew with button mushrooms and beef.
Dinner Conversation Starter: Last year, Governor Walz declared this day Indigenous Peoples’ Day. Talk to your kids about your own feelings about Columbus Day v. Indigenous Peoples’ Day.
Learn More: Read more about it on MNopedia.

Make a plan to visit Pond Dakota Park in Bloomington

October 13 – Ada Lovelace Day

At Home Family Fun: Try this LEGO Coding Game from Brain Power Family.
Outing Idea: While the Discovery Center is still closed, our friends at Snapology offer Coding/Robotics classes — both in person and virtually.
Read Aloud: Pick your favorite. There are so many books about the amazing life of Ada Lovelace — from board books to adult.
Meal Idea: Codes are basically a set instructions a computer can understand. Recipes are basically a set of instructions cooks can understand. Let your kids help you follow a recipe of their choice today.
Dinner Conversation Starter: There is a considerable amount of speculation regarding Ada Lovelace and her actual contribution to computer programming. What do you believe?
Learn More: Read more about Ada Lovelace on Wikipedia.

Discussing concepts with Snapology

October 14 – National Fossil Day

At Home Family Fun: PBS has a recipe for DIY fossils out of coffee grounds.
Outing Idea: The Science Museum of Minnesota is open to visitors with advanced tickets. Spend some time in with their fossils. It’s too late in the season to go fossil hunting at Hill Annex Mine State Park, but you could make plans for the spring.
Read Aloud: Fossils for Kids: A Junior Scientist’s Guide to Dinosaur Bones, Ancient Animals, and Prehistoric Life on Earth by Ashley Hall .
Meal Idea: Don’t forget to end the meal sweet, it is National Dessert Day.
Dinner Conversation Starter: What do you think will be fossilized from our own lives?
Learn More: Learn more and Find more activities from the National Park Service

Treasure Hunts for Fossils
Yes, we drove three hours both ways to find these fossils at Hill Annex Mine State Park, but it was the highlight of our summer!

October 15 –  National Grouch Day

Ironically, this is also global handwashing day and Oscar the Grouch, who lives in a trash can, probably needs to wash his hands more than most of us.

At Home Family Fun: Sit Down and Recite the Grouch Anthem (Find the Lyrics Here)
Outing Idea: Put on your gloves and pick up trash around the neighborhood for the grouch that lives in your garbage can.
Read Aloud: How To Be a Grouch, by Oscar the Grouch by Caroll Spinney is seriously shelf-worthy. I know this is blasphemous, but I think it ranks up there with The Monster at the End of this Book.
Meal Idea: Make that food your kids complain about the most today!
Dinner Conversation Starter: Instead of going around the table and saying nice things today, let’s say grouchy (but funny) things.
Learn More: About National Grouch Day.

October 16 – Global Cat Day & National Feral Cat Day

At Home Family Fun: I think this felt pocket kitty would be fun to make with (or for) kids. If you don’t want to sew, you could make them one-dimensional and glue on the face. (Use black felt to look like Archie’s cat or blue felt for the body and yellow eyes, and it could look like Pete the Cat.)
Outing Idea: We usually see the same cats on our walks — either watching us through windows or walking through the neighborhood. Take this Cat Breed Quiz and then go for a walk to see if you can spot some of your neighbors cats and guess their breeds.
Read Aloud: Hi, Cat by Ezra Jack Keats is sweet story in the Peter series where a feral cat adopts Peter’s best friend, Archie.
Meal Idea: It is also World Food Day – Pick one of your favorite world recipes.
Dinner Conversation Starter: Do you have an opinion on the indoor/outdoor cat debate? Share it with your kids.
Learn More: About Global Cat Day here.

Rescue Readers
The Humane Society is currently closed to the public, but when it reopens, you can visit cats.

Bonus October 16 Holiday: National Learn A Word Day.  Celebrate by reading Miss Alaineus: A Vocabulary Disaster by Debra Frasier. Scholastic Kids has more ideas for celebrating Learn A Word Day in this PDF.


October 17 – Sweetest Day

At Home Family Fun: Make Sweet Cards for people you love, school mates or neighbors.
Outing Idea: Satisfy your Sweet Toot with one of these 9 Twin Cities Chocolate and Candy Shops.
Read Aloud: Pick a book about sweet things, love or kindness today.  The Sweetest Witch Around by Alison McGhee mixes in a Halloween theme.
Meal Idea: Add some sweet potatoes into your meal tonight. For a simple meal, serve roasted sweet potatoes and some black beans on rice or quinoa. (Chicken mixes well with this meal if you don’t want to be vegetarian today).
Dinner Conversation Starter: Share something you find sweet about each other today.
Learn More: Learn more about Sweetest Day

halloween candy


THIRD WEEK OF OCTOBER FAMILY HOLIDAYS

October 18 – National Chocolate Cupcake Day

At Home Family Fun: Use this cupcake applique pattern to cut out felt or paper cupcakes in different colors and/or patterns. Kids can design their own cupcakes by gluing (or sewing) their favorites together and adding embellishments from fun finds around the house.
Outing Idea: Visit a cupcake shop, like Amy’s Cupcake Shoppe in HopkinsSweet Retreat Cupcake Boutique in Minneapolis, or Cupcake Bakery in Eagan or order cupcakes like the ones below from Bella Nava Creations.
Read Aloud: If You Give a Cat a Cupcake by Laura Numeroff
Meal Idea: While chocolate cupcakes would make a great dessert, The Food Network offers 50 ideas for meals that can be served in cupcake form..
Dinner Conversation Starter: Run through some of this cupcake trivia as you eat dinner tonight..
Learn More: About National Chocolate Cupcake Day.

purple green white gold unicorn cupcakes
Unicorn cupcakes from Bella Nava Creations

Bonus October 18 Holiday: Wendelin Grimm  was born October 18, 1818. Visit Grimm Farm Historic Site.


October 19 – National New Friends Day

At Home Family Fun: It is hard to make new friends this year. Do you know someone your kids can become pen pals with?
Read Aloud: Frog and Toad Are Friends by Arnold Lobel.
Meal Idea: Frog and Toad liked to eat cookies together. Share some cookies tonight after dinner.
Dinner Conversation Starter: Who is the last new friend you made?
Learn More: About National New Friends Day.


October 20 – International Sloth Day

At Home Family Fun: Have slow races today.  Who can go the slowest across the yard?
Outing Idea: Visit Chloe the Sloth at Como Zoo.
Read Aloud: “Slowly, Slowly, Slowly,” said the Sloth by Eric Carle .
Meal Idea: Sloths love to eat leaves. Serve a big green salad of “sloth food” with your meal today.
Dinner Conversation Starter: Share some sloth facts from the World Wildlife Fund.
Learn More: About International Sloth Day

Bonus Holiday – National Baseball Day (First Day of the World Series)

At Home Family Fun: Get out and toss the ball around, then snuggle in with a baseball movie. Common Sense Media has a list of the best family baseball films.
Read Aloud: Read the Poem, Casey At The Bat. Or dig a little deeper with Maestro Classics, who offers an affordable narrated musical version of the poem and a FREE study guide that anyone can use.
Outing Idea: Visit Target Field for fun. There are plenty of free things to see around the public grounds.
Meal Idea: Hot Dogs, Peanuts & Cracker Jacks.
Dinner Conversation Starter: Casey was a great baseball player who struck out. Do you know of other successful people who had to overcome public failures?
Learn More: National Baseball Day doesn’t actually exist yet, but we decided to get strongly behind this proposed national holiday!

Picnic Hot Dogs

Take Your Hot Dogs on a Picnic - No Grill Required
Prep Time 10 mins
Course Lunch
Cuisine American
Servings 6 People
Calories 270 kcal

Equipment

  • Medium Sized Thermos
  • Tea Pot
  • Tongs
  • Gallon size ziplock bags (optional) 

Ingredients
  

  • 1 package Hot Dogs We easily fit six dogs into our thermos.
  • 1 package Buns One for every dog
  • Individual Chip Packs or Other Fun Sides
  • Peanuts in the Shell and/or Cracker Jacks Particularly if you are going to a ball game
  • Pop or other drinks

Instructions
 

  • Start by boiling some water.
  • While it boils, put the cold hot dogs into your thermos.
  • Pour the boiling water on top, leaving a little room at the top and give it a minute before screwing on the lid. This will keep the hotdogs hot for up to a few hours.
  • Grab a ziplock bag for each family member so they can assemble their picnic meal. Add a bun for each hot dog, whatever sides they've chosen, napkins, and their plastic basket. This step is not necessary, but will make assembling each meal easier later.
  • You shouldn't need individual utensils for this meal, but you might need some for adding condiments. You'll also want to pack tongs to grab the hot dogs out of the thermos. The water might still be pretty hot when you picnic.
Keyword hot dog

October 21-  World Opera Day

At Home Family Fun: Play this interactive Hansel & Gretel Opera game. Bonus, it has a kind of creepy Halloween feel to it.
Outing Idea: Watch an On Demand Performance of the Minnesota Opera’s Wuthering Heights.
Read Aloud: The Barefoot Book of Stories from the Opera – Shahrukh Husain
Meal Idea: Hansel and Gretel leave breadcumbs in hopes of finding their way home. Make some French Toast tonight for dinner.
Dinner Conversation Starter: Hunger and food are recurring themes throughout the story of Hansel and Gretel. Where do you see food throughout the story and what does it symbolize?
Learn More: About World Opera Day.

Minnesota Opera Stage

Bonus October 21 Holiday: World Earthworm Day. Celebrate by watching Diary of a Worm and It Could Still Be a Worm on Bookflix.


October 22 – National Nut Day

This holiday is probably meant to be another food holiday, but I thought it might be a fun day to celebrate the simple hardware nut, but we’ll go back to the food nut for a dinner plan.

At Home Family Fun:  Teach Mama website has a fast Nut Stacker game among her list of a dozen one-minute games to play with your kids. .
Outing Idea: If you don’t have any nuts and skewers in your home already, do a quick stop at your closest hardware store.
Read Aloud: Screws, Nuts, and Bolts (How Toys Work) by Sian Smith.
Meal Idea: Make salmon with an almond crust or, if you can’t get your family to eat salmon, you could do this with chicken breasts, too.
Dinner Conversation Starter: Play this nuts, bolts and screws trivia game before dinner tonight. Then you can discuss the fascinating world of hardware while you eat.
Learn More: About the history of nuts and bolts in America.


October 23 – National Mole Day

At Home Family Fun: Try one of the projects from The Kitchen Pantry Scientist: Chemistry for Kids: Homemade Science Experiments and Activities Inspired by Awesome Chemists, Past and Present by Liz Lee Heinecke .
Read Aloud: Read the biography that goes with whichever experiment you choose.
Outing Idea: Visit or make a plan to visit the Science Museum of Minnesota (advanced reservations are currently required).
Meal Idea: Cooking is really a type of chemistry, so let your kids help with preparing dinner tonight.
Dinner Conversation Starter: Brainstorm the different ways you used chemistry while cooking dinner.
Learn More: Mole Day commemorates Avogadro’s Number (6.02 x 1023), which is a basic measuring unit in chemistry

October 24 – United Nations Day

At Home Family Fun: World Peace: Pull out the globe today and pick a country you want to learn more about or World Domination: Pull out your RISK game for a family game night.
Outing Idea: Visit the Lyndale Park Peace Garden
Read Aloud: A World Together by Sonia Manzano
Meal Idea: Pick a new meal to try from CRS’s Meatless Meals from Around the World page.
Dinner Conversation Starter: What do you want to do to make the world a better place?
Learn More: About United Nations Day.

Lyndale Park Peace Garden

FOURTH WEEK OF OCTOBER FAMILY HOLIDAYS

October 25 – International Artists Day

At Home Family Fun: Just make art – whatever way you want.
Outing Idea: Minneapolis Institute of Art or Walker Art Center are both open with pre-registration.
Read Aloud: Babar’s Museum of Art by Laurent De Brunhoff.
Meal Idea: Be a food artist. Create a rainbow of produce tonight and let your kids arrange it pretty before eating. If you need ideas, here is a Rainbow Pizza recipe.
Dinner Conversation Starter: If you could be any kind of artist, what kind of art would you make?
Learn More: About International Artists Day.

Minnesota Arts
Minneapolis Institute of Art

October 26 – National Pumpkin Day

At Home Family Fun: Today is a good day to carve your pumpkin in anticipation of Halloween.
Outing Idea: Pick One: Twin Cities Pumpkin Patches.
Read Aloud: Little Kids: The Legend of Spookley the Square Pumpkin by Joe Troiano  (It’s not too late to take advantage of Stage’s Theatre Out of the Box program to go with this book); Big Kids: The Legend of Sleepy Hollow by Washington Irving
Meal Idea: Pumpkin Curry.
Dinner Conversation Starter/Learn More:  Share these pumpkin facts from the History Channel.

halloween pumpkins

October 27 – National Black Cat Day

At Home Family Fun: Learn to draw a cartoon black cat together.
Outing Idea: Do you need a last minute costume? Time to ransack your closet and then run to the store. Gianna tells us how to pull together a black cat costume here: 30 Easy DIY Halloween Costumes Straight from Your Closet.
Read Aloud: Archie and his stray black cat show up again in the book, Pet Show, by Ezra Jack Keats.
Meal Idea: Tuna casserole.
Dinner Conversation Starter: Do you think black cats are bad luck? Why or why not?
Learn More: About black cats.


October 28 – National Chocolate Day

Because we can’t wait 3 more days? Plus, I’m pretty sure we celebrated International Chocolate Day in July.

At Home Family Fun: Count down to Halloween. Do you have your candy? If not, go online together to decide what kind you want to buy (obviously it’s chocolate, right?).
Read Aloud: No Monkeys, No Chocolate by Melissa Stewart
Outing Idea: Visit a Chocolate Shop. Then Write To Santa To Let Him Know Your Favorites!.
Meal Idea: Savory Chocolate Barbecue Chicken? Maybe?
Dinner Conversation Starter: What kind of candy are you hoping for on Halloween?
Learn More: About National Chocolate Day


October 29 – National Oatmeal Day

Why do the unhealthy foods all get special days? Let’s celebrate Oatmeal!

At Home Family Fun: Make some oatmeal box crafts together.
Outing Idea: I don’t have an oatmeal-related outing, but today you can drive around Anoka, Ramsey & Andover to see the contestant houses in the Halloween House Decorating Contest. If you want to tie it into oatmeal, you could eat oatmeal bars in the car for a snack.
Read Aloud: Don’t Forget the Oatmeal! (A Supermarket Word Book) Featuring Jim Henson’s Sesame Street Muppets by B. G. Ford
Meal Idea: Oatmeal Crusted Chicken Tenders
Dinner Conversation Starter/Learn More: 7 Oatmeal Facts for National Oatmeal Day

Image courtesy of AnokaHalloween.com

October 30 – National Frankenstein Day

At Home Family Fun: Make a Frankenstein or other monster with paper scraps
Outing Idea: Visit the Mary Shelley Exhibit at the Bakken Museum in Minneapolis
Read Aloud: If your kids are bigger, start the original Frankenstein by Mary Shelley. Smaller kids might prefer: Frankencrayon by Michael Hall.
Meal Idea: Leftover night! Make a “Frankenstein meal”.
Dinner Conversation Starter: What was your favorite part of our Frankenstein meal, tonight/
Learn More: Last Friday of the month: National Frankenstein Day

Bonus October 30 Holiday: Richard Pillsbury Gale was born October 30, 1900. Visit Gale Woods Farm in Minnetrista.


October 31 – Halloween

At Home Family Fun: It is also National Magic Day – Hire a magician for your Halloween celebration? or just Turn on Michael Jackson’s Thriller and dance together.
Outing Idea: Perhaps smaller than usual, we still have plenty of family fun on our Twin Cities Halloween Events list.
Read Aloud: Ray Bradbury’s The Halloween Tree for bigger kids.
Meal Idea: Eat lots of veggies and fiber in a Veggie Stir Fry with whole grain rice today to balance all that sugar.
Dinner Conversation Starter: What candy are you going to share with mom today?
Learn More: About the history of Halloween

Bonus Holiday: Today marks the Blue Moon (2nd Full Moon of the Month) of October 2020.

kids in halloween costumes

Plan Ahead for November 2nd: Visit Midtown Global Market Today for their Dia de los Muertos celebration from 11am-2pm. We’re celebrating this holiday on November 2nd at home. (They are also celebrating Halloween, so pick up a trick-or-treat bag, too)


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