If you’ve spent the morning scrolling through twitter like myself – because what else are you meant to do on Hump Day – you’ve probably noticed that it’s Mean Girls Day.
What the hell is Mean Girls Day you ask. Well, it’s the hallowed day that Lindsey Lohan’s character, Candy, is asked the date by her crush Aaron Samuels, to which she replies ‘October 3rd’. Now, every time that date comes around, fans celebrate Mean Girls and everything pink and fetch.
Stop trying to make fetch happen!
If you’re not the biggest Mean Girls fan, then don’t worry, there are plenty of other geeky things to celebrate throughout October. So many things in fact, that you could celebrate your geeky side every single day.
Willy Wonka Day
1st October | Unless you have the sharpest eyesight, you probably didn’t notice the date on Wonka’s Golden Tickets from the 1971 adaption of Roald Dahl’s Charlie and the Chocolate factory. I certainly didn’t, but some keen eyed person did, and it just so happens to be the first day of October. The date is now dedicated to Wonka himself, and it’s the perfect day to re-watch the classic and stuff your face with chocolate.
Phileas Fogg Wager Day
2nd October | Anyone who’s read Jules Verne’s novel, Around the World in Eighty Days, will know the significance of October 2nd because it was the day that Phileas Fogg made a wager of 20,000pounds that he could circumnavigate the world in 80 days. That was way back in 1872, but the date still lives on, so go on your own adventure, or open up the book and get inspiration from Fogg himself.
3rd October | Mean Girls isn’t the only thing to celebrate on the 3rd, as today also marks the release of the highly anticipated Marvel movie, Venom. Starring Tom Hardy as Eddie Brock, alongside Michelle Williams and Riz Ahmed, the movie is a must watch for Superhero movie fans, especially Spider-Man lovers.
4th October | There are lots of witches and wizards from the Harry Potter universe to celebrate, but there is one underrated lady who does not get enough credit for being a complete badass – Professor McGonagall. She’s crazy smart, ballsy, and stands in the way of danger to protect all of her students. Today marks her birthday, so show Minerva some love and practice your Transfiguration.
Global James Bond Day
5th October | If it isn’t obvious from the title, the 5th of October is dedicated to everything 007. 56 years ago, on this date, the Bond cinematic universe was launched with the release of Dr. No in 1962. Since then there have been 24 sequels, starring 6 different bonds, with another on its way in 2020. Channel your inner spy with a martini or two, drive a really expensive car, or seduce some women.
Mad Hatter Day
6th October | Since the conception of Alice in Wonderland, the Mad hatter is always depicted wearing a hat bearing a note saying 10/6, and while that officially refers to the cost of the hat – 10 shillings and a sixpence – it’s much more fun to think of it as a date to celebrate the craziest man in wonderland. Why not throw an un-birthday party in true Hatter style, or invite friends round for a tea party.
7th October | The 7th of October will forever go down in history as the date we got to see the first ever female Doctor Who on screen, and that’s definitely something to be celebrated. Even if you’re not the biggest Who fan, make sure to tune in on the 7th just to see Jodie Whitaker, who is a bloody brilliant actress. Doctor Who premiere parties are definitely in store for today.
8th October | Today marks the 25th anniversary of Demolition Man, and if that doesn’t make you feel old, I don’t know what will. This movie made me fall in love with Sandra Bullock, and introduced me to Brave New World – a book by Aldous Huxley which the film is loosely based on. It’s the ultimate Sci-Fi action film, so if you haven’t seen it, today is the day guys.
Ada Lovelace Day
9th October | Ada Lovelace Day is an international celebration of the achievements of women in science, technology, engineering and maths. It’s celebrated on the second Tuesday of October every year, in the hopes that it will inspire girls and women all over the globe to pursue careers in STEM. Ada Lovelace herself was one of the first computer programmers in the world.
Predator V Xenomorph
10th October | Every 100 years, on the 10th of October, The Yautja – commonly known as Predators – return to earth to hunt aliens as a rite of passage. If you’ve seen Alien vs Predator, thenyou’ll know all about this, and if you haven’t – watch the movie. The consensus was that it was a terrible film, but I kind of enjoyed it. It’s worth a single watch at least.
Myths and Legends Day
11th October | If you’re a fan of the Kraken or Nessie, then today is for you. Part of Cephalopod Awareness Week, which runs from the 8th -12thOctober, Myths and Legends day focuses on the creatures that are shrouded with mystery. The one’s you might consider being real if you saw them with your own eyes. Celebrate by reading up on your favourite legends.
12th October | One of many new TV series starting this month, the Titans has probably been the most anticipated, if solely for that one line we’ve all heard and thought maybe we should wash Dick Grayson’s mouth out with soap. Part of the DC universe, Titans will look at the lives of Robin, Starfire, Raven and Beast Boy as they form a team to battle evil. Premiere party in costume anyone?
Paddington Bear Day
13th October | Created by Michael Bond in 1958, Paddington was first introduced to the public on the 13th October, in a children’s book called A Bear Called Paddington. Since then, he has become one of the most iconic figures in fiction, especially in London where you can find references of the anthropomorphic bear all over the place. If you’re not eating Marmalade Sandwiches today then you need to rethink your life.
14th October | In 2013, New York Comic Con declared the 14th October Spider-Man day. It’s rumoured to be the date Peter Parker was born, though I don’t know whether that has ever been confirmed. Still, it’s nice to be able to celebrate everything Spidey related, so read a comic, watch a movie, are practice your own Spider-Man moves by climbing walls and swinging from a building.
15th October | Any Arrow fans out there? The seventh season of the CW series is set to premiere on the 15th October this year, and it looks to be a good one. As the DC show that started it all, Arrow will always be my favourite out of the DC shows to follow. Plus, Colton Haynes is back as Arsenal, and we get our first glimpse of Ruby Rose as Batwoman.
16th October | Another Sandra Bullock led film, Practical Magic, celebrates its 20th anniversary this year – just in time for Halloween. If this movie isn’t already on your October watch list, then put it on there, now. It’s the perfect film for an autumn afternoon, and it stars a baby Evan Rachel Wood (Westworld) so you need to watch it for that.
National Fossil Day
17th October | National Fossil Day falls on the 17thof October this year, so join palaeontologists all over the world to celebrate everything to do with fossils, and head to your local museum or go in search for your own fossils on a local beach. You could even hold your own fossil party. The NFD website has lots of resources to help make the most of the day.
18th October | The legendary tale of a boy raised in the jungle by wolves, has been around for over 120 years – thanks to Rudyard Kipling – but most of us became familiar with Mowgli and Baloo thanks to Disney. Today marks the animated movies’ 51st anniversary, so find that ancient VHS and have your very own dance party whilst eating a prickly pear – whatever that is.
19th October | Durin’s Day is celebrated in Middle Earth when both the sun and the moon can be seen in the sky together. As Thorin puts it, it is ‘the first day of the last moon of Autumn on the threshold of Winter’, and is meant to reveal a secret door into the Lonely Mountain – which it did if you’ve seen The Hobbit.
Return of the King
20th October | If you need some more excuses to celebrate J.R.R Tolkein and his Lord of the Rings / Hobbit series’, the 20th of October marks the 63rdanniversary on The Return of the King, which is the third and final volume of the Lord of the Rings novels. Eat second breakfast to celebrate, and elevenses, oh and don’t forget about afternoon tea and supper.
21st October | 49 years ago today saw the passing of a brilliant mind and great author. Jack Kerouac is a literary icon and pioneer of the Beat generation, and his stories have inspired thousands of people, some becoming movies. I don’t think there could ever be a better way of celebrating Kerouac’s life than embracing your own and letting the road take you somewhere new.
Thor: The Dark World
22nd October | On the 22nd of October, the second movie in the Thor franchise, and eighth film from the MCU will be turning 5. Thor: The Dark World introduced another infinity stone to the Marvel universe, paving the way for Thanos to enter and destroy it. It’s also heavily filmed in London, so if you’re a local you need to spend today wandering around the capital finding all the filming locations.
23rd October | Like most DC superheroes’, The Flash didn’t start off in his own comic book. His first appearance was in an October issue of Showcase, #4, back in 1956. Since then, the 23rdhas become not only the date of Barry Allen’s first appearance, but also the day he became Flash, so if you’re a flash on, find your nicest lightning bolts, and race around like the Allen you are.
24th October | The 24th October 2014 marks the day John Wick was released in theatres, and Keanu Reeves re-ignited everyone’s love for assassins and violence, not to mention Reeves himself. John Wick showed us that its ok to love your pets so much that you kill for them, and paved the way for a slew of sequels, one of which is due out next year.
Back To The Future
25th October | There are lots of dates to celebrate in the Back to the Future franchise – the date Marty goes back in time, the date he goes to the future, and the date he heads to the Wild West, butI personally prefer to celebrate the date it all started – 25th of October. This is the date the we see Marty McFly for the very first time, meeting Doc at his lab.
26th October | Frankenstein Friday is celebrated on the last Friday of October. The date has no connection to Mary Shelley herself, it was just created because of the alliteration, and its proximity to Halloween, way back in 1997. If you’re a horror fan, this is the perfect day to wack out some scary movies, or give Frankenstein a read.
27th October | Another movie anniversary to celebrate this month – everyone’s favourite Pixar movie – The Incredibles, which will be turning 14 this October. It’s sequel has only just come out in cinemas, so there’s no better time to watch it if you haven’t made it to the theatre yet. Better yet, watch the first one, and then the sequel, having the ultimate Incredibles day.
28th October | Animation Day was created in 2002by the Animated film Association to celebrate the art of animation. It’s the perfect day to celebrate your favourite animators, whether they be in thefilm or comic industries, or create beautiful fan art. But some new pieces, discover new artists, and spread the world so that everyone can enjoy their work.
Nightmare Before Christmas
29th October | 25 years ago today, The Nightmare before Christmas was released for the world to see. It’s one of the greatest movies to watch around Halloween, and a whole day dedicated to the animated movie sounds like the best way to celebrate both Christmas and this iconic anniversary for the film.
Sense and Sensibilty
30th October | Sense and Sensibility was Jane Austen’s first published novel, back in 1811, making it over 200 years old. It is now one of the most successful novels of all time, having sold millions of copies worldwide, which is definitely worth celebrating. Watch one of the adaptionsvon screen, pick up the book, or have your own adventure in the British countryside.
31st October | Back in 1980, a little family of three were snug in their home in Godricks Hollow, when a man called Voldemort came along and wreeked havok. He killed Lily and James Potter, leaving Harry an orphan. That day was All Hallows Eve, and it’s one of the most iconic dates in wizarding history, not just because of the deaths, but because of the Boy Who Lived. So celebrate all things Harry Potter whilst you’re celebrating Halloween and remember the Potters.
What are you looking forward to celebrating the most this month? Are there any other things you’re looking forward to?