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October 31, 2016

Today we celebrate:

Sneak Some of the Candy Yourself Before the Kids Start Knocking Day - I always do this, I only buy candy that I like to eat anyway, so to take a piece before the trick or treaters start ringing the doorbell doesn’t seem like a big deal to me. Especially since I bought it. Of course, if I were to eat it all, and have nothing left to give to the trick or treaters, that might be bad.

World Savings Day - This day was established back in 1924 during the 1st International Savings Bank Congress that took place in Milano, Italy by the World Society of Savings Banks. Their goal is to make the world’s population think about savings. It is particularly relevant these days with pensions hard to come by in many occupations that used to offer them to employees. So if you want to retire someday, you really need to have enough money saved up that you can live on for many years.

Books for Treats Day - Created by Rebecca Morgan in 2001, this is a day that is meant to “Feed kid’s minds, not their cavities.” The idea is to get a bunch of gently used children’s books, sort them by age level, and put them out in boxes for children and parents to look through and pick one they would like to read. Apparently kids like this a lot better than candy and if you look around ahead of time, you can find inexpensive books at yard sales and book sales.

Carve A Pumpkin Day - I don’t think this day needs too much explanation. Get a pumpkin, cut open the top, scoop out the seeds, and carve a picture on it. It doesn’t have to be the standard jack o’ lantern face, it could be anything you want it to be. Have fun.

National Increase Your Psychic Powers Day - Do you have any psychic powers? My kids think I do, and I would appreciate it if you don’t tell them otherwise. It works to my benefit sometimes. If you also are blessed with psychic powers then apparently today is the day of the year that has the highest concentration of psychic energy. So today is a day to work on increasing your abilities or, if you don’t know if you have any abilities, this would be a great day to work on finding out.

Reformation Day - It was on this day in 1517 that Martin Luther nailed his 95 theses to the church door. This began the Reformation movement. Martin Luther thought the Church was corrupt and in many ways he was right.

National Breadstix (Bread Sticks)Day – Celebrated on the last Friday in October, this is a day for bread in stick form! I love bread sticks and they go with just about any meal you can think of.

National Knock-Knock Jokes Day – This is a silly day to tell silly jokes and they don't come any sillier than knock-knock jokes. Drag out your best jokes today. Here, I’ll start you off. Knock, knock. Who’s there? Dwayne. Dwayne who? Dwayne the bathtub, it’s overflowing!

National Magic Day – This is a day that honors the most famous of magicians, Harry Houdini. He died on this day in 1926 and I would venture a guess that everyone in the country has heard of him. Try some magic tricks in his memory.

Girl Scout Founder's Day – On this day in 1860, Juliette Gordon Low was born. She began the Girl Scout organization in 1912, which has enriched the lives of millions of girls since then. Happy Birthday Juliette.

Halloween or All Hallows Eve – Celebrated on this day every year, it is a time to dress up in a clever disguise and go around your neighborhood extorting candy from your neighbors by threatening them with “tricks” if they don't give you “treats”. Let's all go out and encourage the delinquency of our children.

National Caramel Apple Day – I have never been tempted to make caramel apples or even eat caramel apples, even though I love apples and caramel. It's probably because it looks so darn messy and getting sticky caramel all over my face just doesn't appeal to me. But kids don't mind that kind of mess so watching them eat one of these sweet treats is just funny.

National UNICEF Day – In 1949, Mary Emma Allison from Bridesburg, Pennsylvania, had the idea that children could collect money for UNICEF instead of candy at Halloween. Her husband, Rev. Clyde Allison, shared her idea with local Presbyterian churches and on this day in 1950, their children and many others in the community collected $17 in nickels and dimes in their decorated milk cartons to help European children after World War II. Three years later UNICEF took that concept and ran with it and by 1960 it became very popular all over the country. My children still do it today. The money now goes to a wide variety of programs that UNICEF supports such as aiding victims of Hurricane Katrina in 2005.

Samhain – This is a Gaelic festival that celebrates the end of the harvest season and the beginning of the winter season. It may date back to before Christianity began and is believed (by some) to be a time when spirits and fairies are very active in our world.

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