October Family Fun Ideas – part 2October Family Fun pt.2

There is still time for October Family Fun in the outdoors fun before the cold weather comes and we must bundle up in winter clothing.  Here in the northern hemisphere, the days are growing shorter and colder. Autumn is here. Apples and pumpkins are everywhere you look. 

Find Part One Here.

Every day has the potential for fun- planned or spontaneous.

You may want to consider the following interesting and sometimes odd special days for the second half of October.


Learn a Word Day  This is a great way to introduce fun ways to increase your vocabulary.  You can sign up to receive a new word each day at Dictionary.com  or Merriam-Webster.com.   At breakfast or evening dinner, you can share the word, its uses, parts of speech, etc.  It could be turned into a learning game.  

Learn a Word Day

Oct.17  National Pasta Day   

Great kid-friendly pasta recipes can be found at GeniusKitchen.   Kid-friendly Paleo and 43 Gluten-free recipes are waiting for you at PaleoGrubs.   The Creamy Tomato Basil Chicken Pasta sounds especially tempting and is going on my recipes to try list.

World Pasta Day-Family Fun

Oct.18  National Chocolate Cupcake Day

National Chocolate Cupcake Day

Here is a fun twist on the Chocolate Cupcake. Fun and Delicious!

Oct.19  Rainforest Day   

Celebrate Rainforest Day with creative activities from Rainforest Alliance. 

Enter a virtual Rainforest Treehouse and play games.  There are more interactive games, coloring pages, and information sheets. An excellent website for some evening fun or on a “rainy” day.

Rainforest Day Fun for Kids

Oct.20  National Suspenders Day

Suspenders were invented n the 1820's.  Their purpose is to hold up your pants.  Today they are worn as a fashion statement with tuxes-most commonly for weddings and prom.  They are sold at many department stores for every age group. For a tutorial on making suspenders, try this one.

October-National Suspenders Day

Oct.21  Mini Pumpkin Cheesecakes

These Mini Pumpkin Cheesecakes feature an easy three ingredient gingersnap cookie crust with a smooth and creamy pumpkin cheesecake filling on top. These are the perfect mini dessert for fall!

Oct,22  National Nut Day

This Paleo Nut Bar Recipe with Chocolate Drizzle could become a family favorite.  To learn about the history of this “nutty” day go to Happy Days 365.

Awesome Kid-Friendly Paleo Nut Bar Recipe with Chocolate Drizzle on ASpicyPerspective.com #paleo #vegan #glutenfree

Oct 23   National Boston Cream Pie Day

 This recipe is super simple- great for a busy weeknight.

Oct.24  National Food Day celebration

October 24 is a day dedicated to healthy, affordable and sustainably produced food and a grassroots campaign for better food policies.  

Plan a healthy meal with as little processed food as possible.  Maybe visit a Farmer's Market before they end the year and get some fresh produce to share with those you love.

October National Food Day

Oct.25 World Pizza Makers Day

Today is a good day to learn about pizza and the people who have made them.  There are many points of view, and it is all interesting.  Have fun and be a pizza maker tonight.

October-World Pizza Makers Day

Oct.26 National Pumpkin Day

So many ideas and not enough time…..Enjoy the season!

 Oct.27  National Potato Day

Potato Day is a great day to eat potatoes. You can make your favorite potato recipe- baked, fried, broiled or boiled.  This root vegetable has so many uses other than food.  Make a potato clock.  Or decorate craft paper to make gift wrap paper or a great work of art.  You might want to try some recipes from Better Homes and Gardens. Twice Baked New Potatoes, Goldilocks Potato Pots, Mashed Potato Patties with Tapenade Cream among my favorites.

October National Potato Day

Oct.28  National Chocolate Day

Try to include Chocolate in every meal.   Drink Hot Chocolate for breakfast, chocolate milk with lunch and use one of these twelve main meal recipes for dinner.  And for dessert– pick one of these 50 decadent desserts.  

October-National Chocolate Day

Oct.29 National Cat Day

We've had pet cats for as long as I remember.  They are comedians, companions and great all-around additions to the family. Enjoy the cat facts.  Celebrate the day by adopting a cat, giving food to a nearby shelter.  Make some toys for your cats and ask a local cat rescue if they could use some of the toys you make.  Happy Cats!  

Oct.30  Pumpkin Bread Day

Here are two versions.  Paleo and the Standard American Diet.

1st is the Paleo Recipe from Unbound Wellness, which is on my to-do list for this weekend.

Paleo Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Bread

 Oct.31  National Carmel Apple Day 

 Use our printables to create a Caramel Apple Bar and enjoy with your family, neighbors, clubs, and friends. 

 Find Apple Cider Recipes here.

Have a wonderful time and enjoy those you love! 

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