It’s been a bit of a struggle to get a post out these past few months. Ok, yes – half a year isn’t exactly a few – but I’ve always said that I will never put pressure on myself to write if my head’s not in the right space, and it hasn’t been.
I was going to write up a little something about why, but you know what – I’d like to leave the past in the past for now, and just look to the future. My future. The future of Geeky Tourist. And the best way to do that is by looking at what’s to come this next month.
October is one of my absolute faves, not just because of Halloween and Autumn, but because I always get to meet up with lots of friends, go on little adventures, eat all the best food, and celebrate fun things – the latter of which I’m talking about today.
If you’ve ever wondered what October has in store for you then you’re in the right place, because there is a lot to look forward to. This is actually a slightly revised post from last year, but I’ve added a cool calendar that you can print out – just right click on the image below, save it, and you’re good to go.
31 GEEKY THINGS TO CELEBRATE IN OCTOBER
1st October | Willy Wonka Day
Fun fact – Charlie actually heads to the Chocolate Factory (in the 1971 movie adaption of Roald Dahl’s book) on the 1st of October, which makes today Willy Wonka Day. Eagle eyed fans spotted the date on one of the tickets in the film, so it has since become a day dedicated to everything Willy Wonka, and obviously the best way to celebrate is by eating your weight in chocolate.
2nd October | Phileas Fogg Wager Day
Have you ever read Jules Verne’s novel – Around the World in Eighty Days? The 2nd October was the day that Phileas Fogg made a wager of 20,000 pounds that he could circumnavigate the world in 80 days. That was way back in 1872, but the date still lives on, inspiring people to go on their own adventures.
3rd October | Mean Girls Appreciation Day
Any Mean Girls fan’s out there? Well today is that 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, by wearing everything pink and fetch. Just leave that burn book at home.
4th October | Minerva McGonagall
Out of all the witches and wizards in the Harry Potter universe that you could celebrate, make one of them Professor McGonagall, and make it on her birthday. Show Minerva some love and practice your Transfiguration while wearing your finest tartan dressing gown. Better yet, head up to her native Edinburgh and go on your own Harry Potter tour.
5th October | Global James Bond Day
57 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 next year. Channel your inner spy with these exciting experiences you’ll definitely want to try.
6th October | Mad Hatter Day
Since Alice in Wonderland’s conception, 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. Throw yourself an un-birthday party in true Mad Hatter style, or just attend one at the Garden Society.
7th October | Doctor Who
If you’re a fan of Doctor Who, the 7th of October is a date you’ll never want to forget because it was the day we got to see our first female Doctor Who on screen, and that’s definitely something to be celebrated. Make sure to re-watch your favourite Jodie Whitaker moments.
8th October | Ada Lovelace Day
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.
9th October | Nancy Drew
A new adaption of Nancy Drew is getting released by CW this year, and you can tune in on the 9th October to see it. The series is about a teenager who finds herself involved in a ghostly mystery. Think Veronica Mars meets Riverdale – the latter of which also premieres on this day.
10th October | Predator V Xenomorph
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, then you’ll know all about this, and if you haven’t – watch the movie. The consensus was that it was a terrible film, but don’t let that deter you too much – It’s worth one viewing at least.
11th October | Myths and Legends Day
If you’re a fan of the tales of the Kraken or Nessie, then today is for you. Part of Cephalopod Awareness Week, which runs from the 8th-12th October, 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.
12th October | National Chess Day
National Chess Day is celebrated on the second Saturday of October. It was introduced by President Ford in 1976 as part of the nations bicentennial celebrations. Now the game is celebrated every year by the millions of players all over the world. If you’ve never learnt the game, this is the perfect day to do so.
13th October | Paddington Bear Day
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.
14th October | Spider-Man
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, or practice your own Spider-Man moves.
15th October | Arrow
Any Arrow fans out there? The eighth and final season of the CW series is set to premiere on the 15th October this year, and it looks to be a good one. It’s time to say goodbye to Oliver Queen and the entire team for good if you haven’t stopped watching already.
16th October | National Fossil Day
National Fossil Day falls on the 16th 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.
17th October | Filius Flitwick
Another Hogwarts legend celebrates his birthday this month; Filius Flitwick, the half-goblin master of charms. As the head of Ravenclaw he holds a special place in my heart. He also faced Voldemort in three separate battles, so I think we can all agree he deserves a little love on the 17th October this year.
18th October | Jungle Book
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, and today marks the animated movies’ 52nd anniversary.
19th October | Durin’s Day
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.
20th October | Return of the King
As if you need anymore excuses to celebrate J.R.R Tolkein and his Lord of the Rings series – but just in case – the 20th of October marks the 64th anniversary 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.
21st October | Jack Kerouac
50 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 even became movies. I don’t think there could be a better way to celebrate Kerouac’s life than by embracing your own and letting the road take you somewhere new.
22nd October | Thor: The Dark World
On the 22nd of October, the second movie in the Thor franchise, and eighth film from the MCU will be turning 6. 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.
23rd October | The Flash
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, back in 1956. Since then, the 23rd has become not only the date of Barry Allen’s first appearance, but also the day he became Flash.
24th October | John Wick
This day 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. Happy five year anniversary.
25th October | Back To The Future
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, but I personally love the date it all began – 25th of October – which is the day we see Marty McFly and Doc Brown for the very first time.
26th October | The Terminator
Celebrating it’s 35th anniversary this year, the Terminator continues to be an influence on Sci-Fi and Action movies. It’s constantly ranked high in the greatest films of all time, and has produced a slew of sequels and prequels, making it one of the largest movie franchises as well.
27th October | The Incredibles
Another movie anniversary. Everyone’s favourite superhero family, The Incredibles, will be turning 15 this October. Its sequel has only been out for a year, so there’s no better time to watch it if you haven’t managed to check that out yet. Better yet, watch the first one, and then the sequel. All the Incredibles!
28th October | Animation Day
Animation Day was created in 2002 by the Animated film Association to celebrate the art of animation. It’s the perfect day to celebrate your favourite animators, whether they are in the film or comic industries, or they create beautiful fan art. Discover new pieces, find new artists, and spread the word so that everyone can enjoy their work.
29th October | Nightmare Before Christmas
26 years ago today, The Nightmare before Christmas was released for the first time. It’s one of the greatest movies to watch around Halloween, and a whole day dedicated to the film sounds like the best way to celebrate the spookiest holiday and its anniversary.
30th October | Sense and Sensibilty
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 adaptions on screen or pick up the book if you haven’t already.
31st October | The Potters
Back in 1980, a family of three were celebrating All Hallows Eve in their Godricks Hollow home, when a wizard named Voldemort came along and changed their lives forever. Lily and James Potter died that day, tainting Halloween and leaving Harry an orphan. Its become one of the most iconic dates in wizarding history because of the Boy Who Lived, so spare a thought for the Potters whilst carving your pumpkin this year.
What are you looking forward to celebrating the most this month? Are there any special days coming up this October, or have you got your eye on a particular TV series or Movie? Let me know in the comments below.
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