Hi there! Welcome to VLCalendar.com, where our calendars are always beautifully designed and free to download. On this page, we’ll be talking more in depth about our October 2020 Calendar download. But, before we do that, we want you to know that we offer more than just an October 2020 Calendar. In fact, we have calendars available for download for all months of 2020, 2021, and 2022. As long as you have a printer with 8.5″ by 11″ paper and a .pdf reading software such as Adobe Reader, you are more than welcome to print as many calendars as you’d like! That’s right, we do not limit how many calendars you can download and print. So feel free to print one for you, one for the office, and some more for family and friends!
October 2020 Calendar
Specifically on our October 2020 Calendar you’ll find 31 days and two holidays. All of our calendars on VLCalendar.com come with landmark holidays labelled for your organizational convenience. In the October calendar, you’ll find that these holidays are Columbus Day (more recently known as Indigenous Peoples Day) and Halloween. While Columbus Day is a public holiday when schools and businesses are closed, Halloween is not. Feel free to learn more about those holidays, including when they are, below.
Moon Phases for October 2020
Due to the creepy, nighttime nature of Halloween which ends the month of October, you might find that October is the perfect month for stargazing. If so, take a look below to see when the moon will be in each phase.
- Full Moon – Thursday October 1, 2020 (Known as the Hunter’s Moon, Dying Grass Moon, or the Blood Moon)
- Last Quarter Moon – Friday October 9, 2020
- New Moon – Friday October 16, 2020
- First Quarter Moon – Friday October 23, 2020
- Full Moon – Saturday October 31, 2020 (Not only is it rare that October has two full moons, but it’s also exciting that we can expect a full moon on Halloween night!)
The Month of October in the United States
Although right now we know October to be the tenth month of the year, it was not always. Today, we use the Gregorian version of the calendar. This calendar has 365 days and twelve months. However, back when the Roman calendar was in use, this was not the case. The Roman version of the calendar only had ten months, where October was the eighth. This is because March was the first month of the year and January and February were not months at all. In fact, the days that are now encompassed in January and February were simply unlabelled winter days.
While here in the Northern Hemisphere, we know October to be a fall month where the weather is chilly and the leaves are falling off of trees, this is not the same in the Southern Hemisphere. In fact, south of the equator October is considered a spring month. This means the weather is warmer, the days are longer, and new life is blossoming rather than coming to an end.
Columbus Day in the United States
The second Monday of every October, the United States celebrates Columbus Day. Columbus Day is a public holiday, meaning schools and federal offices, including the United States Post Office, are closed. This is because American citizens are meant to use this day to recognize the man who found the landmass that would eventually become the United States of America.
Columbus Day has become a controversial holiday over the years for multiple reasons. Firstly, Christopher Columbus was evidently not the first person to discover America, considering that the Native Americans had already settled upon this land. Secondly, Christopher Columbus was less than kind in his approach to communicating and negotiating with the Native American population about the land. Because of this, many states have changed the name of the holiday to things such as Indigenous Peoples Day, Discoverer’s Day, and Native American’s Day. In fact, the state of Hawaii does not even observe this day as a public holiday.
On the October 2020 Calendar you can expect Columbus Day to be observed on Monday, October 12.
Halloween in the United States
While Halloween is an exciting holiday for young children and young adults, it is not considered a public holiday. No business’ hours should be affected. In fact, you might find that restaurants or other places serving food and drinks are open later than usual to accommodate for crowds that want to stay up late in the tradition of Halloween.
On Halloween day and night in the United States, it is traditional for people to dress up in various costumes. These costumes may be in the spirit of a favorite television character, celebrity, or popular figure, or it could be something frightening such as a witch, ghost, or vampire. “Scary” images such as skeletons, graveyards, and black cats are quite traditional symbols of Halloween. Another symbol of Halloween includes carved pumpkins with scary faces known as Jack-o-lanterns.
While it is popular for young adults to attend parties with alcohol, young children will often participate in what is known as “trick-or-treating.” Trick-or-treating is a tradition in which young children knock on the door of nearby homes and exclaim the phrase “trick-or-treat.” The owner of the home would then distribute them candy or a “sweet treat” in return. This phrase originated from the beginnings of Halloween when in good fun children would say this phrase as if to say, “if you do not give me a treat I will play a trick on you.” While this isn’t exactly upheld any longer, some young adults do play pranks on this holiday including throwing toilet paper or eggs at houses or cars.
Because Halloween is always celebrated on the 31st of October, it falls on a different day every year. This year, many will be happy to know Halloween falls on a Saturday, a weekend night. This will allow for more late night trick-or-treating and celebration.