NATIONAL CARAMEL APPLE DAY
One of the fun memories of many people’s childhood is eating caramel apples in the fall of the year. It may have been at a fair, at a carnival, at a Halloween party or just at home with family and friends, but the memory is a good one and part of the fun was making them.
Each year on October 31, we celebrate caramel apples on National Caramel Apple Day.
- Caramel apples (sometimes called taffy apples) are made by dipping apples, on a stick, in hot caramel.
- Caramel apples are sometimes sprinkled with nuts, chocolate or other confections.
- For caramel apples in high production, a sheet of caramel can be wrapped around the apple and then heated to melt the caramel evenly onto it.
- The most commonly preferred apples used in making caramel apples are tart, crisp apples such as Granny Smith or Fuji apples.
- Caramel apples are enjoyed by millions of people, young and old, across the nation.
- This holiday has been perfectly coordinated to coincide with Halloween as that is the post popular time that caramel apples are made and shared.
NATIONAL CARAMEL APPLE DAY HISTORY
National Caramel Apple Day, an “unofficial” national holiday is sponsored by the National Confectioners Association.
NATIONAL MAGIC DAY
The person performing such illusions is called a magician or an illusionist.As part of National Magic Week, National Magic Day is celebrated by magic lovers across America each year on October 31. Magic is described as: “Performing art that entertains audiences by staging tricks of creating illusions of seemingly impossible or supernatural feats using natural means.”
Magical performances have more than likely been performed throughout history. One of the most well known magicians was Harry Houdini. Known for his *escapology, Houdini had developed a range of stage magic tricks and made full use of the range of conjuring techniques, including fake equipment and collusion with individuals in the audience. His show business savvy was as great as his performance skills. Scranton, Pennsylvania is home to the Houdini Museum.
* Escapology is the practice of escaping from restraints or other traps.
There are many different types of magic performances which may fall into one of the falling categories:
Stage illusions – Parlor magic – Platform magic – Micromagic – Escapology – Pickpocket magic – Mentalism – Theatrical seances – Children’s magic – Online magic tricks – Mathemagic – Corporate magic or trade show magic – Gospel magic – Street magic – Bizarre magic – Shock magic – Comedy magic
HAPPY NATIONAL MAGIC DAY!
NATIONAL MAGIC DAY HISTORY
Our research found that National Magic Day, an “unofficial” national holiday is sponsored by the Society of American Magicians. In 1938, a Chicago member of the Society of American Magicians, sought official sanction for a “Houdini” day. This day was sanctioned by Mrs. Houdini and October 31 was proclaimed National Magic Day in Harry Houdini’s memory.
Harry Houdini (March 24, 1974 – October 31, 1926)
NATIONAL KNOCK KNOCK JOKE DAYKnock KnockWho’s There?NationalNational Who?
National Knock Knock Joke Day!National Knock Knock Joke day is observed annually on October 31. This holiday is for jokesters of all ages to share their knock knock jokes throughout the day.–A little history of the Knock Knock Joke:–1929: The game of Buff – A child with a stick thumps it on the ground using the following dialogue:
BuffWhat says Buff:Buff say Buff to all his men And I say Buff to you again.
- 1934: The standard knock knock joke format was used in a newspaper humor column:
- Knock Knock
Rufus the most important part of your house.
1936: Likely the beginning of popularity for knock knock jokes.
Knock knock jokes became a regular part of the Rowan & Martin’s Laugh-in Show in the late 1960′s and early 1970′s.
Children learn to tell knock knock jokes, as one of their first types of jokes, at a very young age.
NATIONAL KNOCK KNOCK JOKE DAY HISTORY
Within our research, we were unable to find the creator and the origin of National Knock Knock Joke Day, an “unofficial” national holiday.
National Breadstix (Bread Sticks) Day
National Breadstix (Bread Sticks) Day is celebrated annually on the last Friday in October.
NATIONAL FRANKENSTEIN DAY
The last Friday in October of each year celebrates National Frankenstein Friday. This day celebrates the birth of Frankenstein and it’s creator. Dating back to the 1800′s, Frankenstein is one of the best known horror characters of all times.
- Created by Mary Shelly at the age of 21, Frankenstein was first published in 1818.
- Frankenstein was made famous by Boris Karloff in the movie “Frankenstein” in 1931.
NATIONAL FRANKENSTEIN FRIDAY HISTORY
National Frankenstein Friday, an “unofficial” national holiday, was created in 1997 by Ron MacCloskey of Westfield, New Jersey. It is said that Ron choose Friday as the date of celebration because of the “FR” connection in FRiday and FRankenstein.
** August 30 is also known in some sources as Frankenstein Day. August 30 is Mary Shelly’s birthday.
GIRL SCOUT FOUNDERS DAY
Girl Scout Founders Day is celebrated each year on October 31.
Juliette Gordon Low, also known as “Daisy” who was born on October 31, 1860, was the founder of Girl Scouts of the USA, along with the help of Sir Robert Baden-Powell, the founder of the Scouting Movement. In 1912, Low formed a Girl Guide troop in Savannah Georgia and in 1915, the Girl Guides became the Girl Scouts with Low becoming the first president. She remained active with the Girl Scouts until the time of her death in 1927. Low’s birthday, October 31, is celebrated by the Girl Scouts as “Founder’s Day”.
Halloween or Hallowe’en (/ˌhæləˈwiːn, -oʊˈiːn, ˌhɑːl-/; a contraction of “All Hallows’ Evening”), also known as Allhalloween, All Hallows’ Eve, or All Saints’ Eve, is a yearly celebration observed in a number of countries on 31 October, the eve of the Western Christian feast of All Hallows’ Day. It initiates the triduum of Allhallowtide, the time in the liturgical year dedicated to remembering the dead, including saints (hallows), martyrs, and all the faithful departed believers. Within Allhallowtide, the traditional focus of All Hallows’ Eve revolves around the theme of using “humor and ridicule to confront the power of death.”[
According to many scholars, All Hallows’ Eve is a Christianized feast initially influenced by Celtic harvest festivals, with possible pagan roots, particularly the Gaelic Samhain. Other scholars maintain that it originated independently of Samhain and has solely Christian roots.
Typical festive Halloween activities include trick-or-treating (or the related “guising”), attending costume parties, decorating, carving pumpkins into jack-o’-lanterns, lighting bonfires, apple bobbing, visiting haunted house attractions, playing pranks, telling scary stories, and watching horror films. In many parts of the world, the Christian religious observances of All Hallows’ Eve, including attending church services and lighting candles on the graves of the dead, remain popular, although in other locations, these solemn customs are less pronounced in favor of a more commercialized and secularized celebration. Because many Western Christian denominations encourage, although no longer require, abstinence from meat on All Hallows’ Eve, the tradition of eating certain vegetarian foods for this vigil day developed, including the consumption of apples, colcannon, cider, potato pancakes, and soul cakes.