October 31

 Holidays and Observances
(Alphabetical Order)

2024 Daily Holidays that fall on October 31, include:

  • All Hallows Eve 
  • Beggars' Night 
  • Books For Treats Day 
  • Carve a Pumpkin Day 
  • Day of the Seven Billion 
  • Girl Scout Founder's Day 
  • Halloween 
  • Magic Day 
  • National Caramel Apple Day
  • National Doorbell Day 
  • National Increase Your Psychic Powers Day 
  • National Knock Knock Jokes Day 
  • Reformation Day 
  • Samhain - October 31 (Pagan)
  • Save a Friend Day 
  • Sneak Some of the Candy Yourself Before the Kids Start Knocking Day 
  • Trick or Treat for UNICEF Day 
  • World Cities Day 
  • World Savings Day

2024 Weekly Holidays that include October 31, are:

  • Info. to Come!

2024 Monthly Holidays that include October 31, are:

There are too many monthly holidays to include here, so please check out our October Holidays page to see all of the holidays that are celebrated the entire month of October.


  1. A page on each holiday will be coming soon and linked above.
  2. If a date is a movable holiday, that is different every year, I'll include the year as well as the date rule above. Otherwise, the holiday falls on the same date each year.

World Festivals and Events
(Date Order)

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Astrological Sign

The Astrological Sign for October 31 is Scorpio which spans from October 23 to November 21.

Birth Flower of the Month

The Birth Flower(s) for the Month of October is:

  • Marigold is a Mediterranean native plant and has been prized for both its beauty and versatility. They come in a range of colors including white, gold, and yellow; however, probably the most popular is bright orange.

This year, I used several flats of marigolds around all my vegetables that I was growing.  I also re-potted a bunch of hanging baskets with succulents and put some yellow marigolds in each one for some color.


The Birthstone(s) for October are :

  • Opal gemstones are truly unique, because each individual gem is adorned with a one-of-a-kind color combination.
  • Tourmaline is a favorite gemstone for many because it's available in a rainbow of beautiful colors.

Famous Birthdays

  • 1912 - Dale Evans, American singer, songwriter and actress (Roy Rogers Show) (d. 2001)
  • 1936 - Michael Landon, American actor, director, producer, and screenwriter (Bonanza, Little House on the Prairie) (d. 1991)
  • 1954 - Ken Wahl, American actor, screenwriter, and activist who advocates for Veteran's rights and against animal abuse (Wiseguy)
  • 1976 - Piper Perabo, American actress and producer (Coyote Ugly, Covert Affairs)

Famous Deaths

  • 1926 - Harry Houdini, American magician (b. 1874)
  • 1993 - River Phoenix, American actor (Stand By Me) and singer (b. 1970)

Famous Weddings and Divorces

  • 1968 - Singer Davy Jones of The Monkees, marries actress Linda Haines
  • 1970 - Actor and Director Dennis Hopper (Easy Rider) marries singer Michelle Phillips of the Mama's and the Papa's

Quote of the Day

Healthy Diet Habit Tip of the Day 
or a Recipe of the Day

Halloween Food is often not healthy food with lots of Halloween treats, and Halloween candy available during this time.  Treats are often made to look like pumpkins, ghosts, or skeletons, the scarier the better!  If you are a kid, Halloween is a much beloved Holiday, because you can often eat more goodies than normal!

Find some tips and tricks, and ideas on making this unhealthy holiday, a little healthier, and some ideas on what to do with any excess candy from checking out our Halloween Food page!

This Day in History

  • 1864 - Nevada is admitted as the 36th United States state
  • 1876 - Over 200,000 deaths occur in India after a cyclone ravages the country
  • 1913 - The Lincoln Highway is dedicated as the first automobile highway across the United States
  • 1922 - Benito Mussolini is made the Prime Minister of Italy
  • 1923 - Marble Bar in Western Australia has the first of 160 consecutive days of 100 degree weather
  • 1924 - The Members of the Association at the 1st International Savings Bank Congress announces the start of World Savings Day
  • 1941 - Mount Rushmore is completed after 14 years of work
  • 1956 - The U.K. and France begin bombing Egypt to force the reopening of the Suez Canal
  • 1963 - 74 people are killed and over 400 injured during an ice skating show when an explosion occurs at the Indiana State Fair Coliseum as a result of a faulty propane tank connection
  • 1979 - Western Airlines Flight 2605 crashed upon landing in Mexico City, killing 73 people
  • 1998 - Iraq announces that it would no longer cooperate with the UN weapons inspectors
  • 1999 - All 217 people on board Egypt Air Flight 990 are killed when the plane crashes into the Atlantic Ocean near Nantucket, MA
  • 2000 - Singapore Airlines Flight 006 crashes on takeoff from Taipei, killing 83 people
  • 2011 - The United Nations recognizes the day as Seven Billion Day when the global population of humans reaches seven billion
  • 2015 - Metrojet Flight 9268 is bombed in Egypt over the northern Sinai Peninsula, killing all 224 people on board

This Day in Music

  • 1962 - Monster Mash becomes the most popular Halloween song of all times
  • 1992 - End of the Road by Boyz II Men is #1 song on the Hot 100 for the 12th consecutive week
  • 2000 - No Name Face is released as the debut album of Lifehouse with the first single Hanging By a Moment becoming the most played song on the radio in 2001 (video below)
  • 2007 - Elvis Presley tops the annual Forbes magazine list of most profitable dead celebrities with his estate having earned $49 million over the past year

This Day in Sports

  • 1908 - The 4th Olympic games ends in London
  • 1999 - Jesse Martin circumnavigates the world in a yacht on a solo, non-stop trip ending in Melbourne
  • 2003 - Surfer Bethany Hamilton suffers a shark attack while surfing in Hawaii and loses her arm at age 13

Word of the Day from Wiktionary

Lutheran (Adjective)

1. (Christianity) Of or pertaining to the theology of Martin Luther (1483-1546), or his followers, or the Lutheran church.

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