20 Reasons to Celebrate in October


There seems to be an unusual amount of obscure holidays in October, so I’ve weeded out the crazy ones (I mean, who celebrates Moldy Cheese Day or Pet Obesity Awareness Day?!) and given you the highlights.

This October is the 9th annual Fair Trade Month. Throughout the month, ethically-minded consumers, retailers and brands will unite to promote buying and using socially and commercially sustainable, fair trade products in place of commodities which may harm the environment, the economy, communities and disadvantaged individuals.

For example, coffee is often used as a symbol of the fair trade movement because it is the second highest traded commodity in the world, second only to oil. But, did you know, coffee farmers, if they are lucky, receive $.23 per kilo for their beans? It is more often than not that farmers receive closer to $.08 per kilo.

A kilo produces 80 cups of coffee. The average price for a cup of coffee in the States is $2.90. It seems like if we can afford the $4 and $5 coffee drink of choice each morning, we can afford to pay farmers better. This is what fair trade is about. Paying fair wages to those farmers so they can have a higher quality of life. You can learn more here.

Check out these 10 Ways to Celebrate Fair Trade Month.

October is also…

  • Cookie Month
  • National Pizza Month
  • National Popcorn Popping Month
October 1 National Homemade Cookies Day
October 1 1st Annual International Coffee Day
October 3 Boyfriends Day
October 4 National Taco Day
October 4 Vodka Day *See Drink Recipe below
October 5 World Teachers Day
October 5 World Habitat Day
October 7 Frappe Day
October 10 World Homeless Day
October 12 Columbus Day
October 14 National Dessert Day
October 16 Boss’ Day
October 16 World Food Day
October 17 Sweetest Day (third Saturday of the month)
October 21 Apple Day
October 24 Make a Difference Day (fourth Saturday of the month)
October 25 Mother-in-Law Day (fourth Sunday of the month)
October 25 World Pasta Day
October 30 Candy Corn Day
October 31 Caramel Apple Day *Try Making These!

Since October 4 is Vodka Day, I figured I’d share one of my favorite adult beverages. It’s simple and so yummy. Makes a great dessert or after dinner drink.

White Russian Cocktail

  • 2 oz VODKA
  • 1 oz KAHLÚA

INSTRUCTIONS: Fill a glass with cubed ice. Add the Kahlúa and vodka, finish up with a layer of cream to your desired taste.

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