In October, 2016, the Full Moon rises mid-month, so Halloween trick-or-treaters this year will be candy-collecting in relative darkness.
Just a day after the New Moon rises on October 30, it will be harder than usual to spot your neighborhood’s small, energetic spooks scooting from door to door.
October Full Hunters Moon
Some Native American tribes referred to October’s Moon as the Full Hunter’s Moon as it was the time to go hunting in preparation for winter. This full Moon is also called the “Travel Moon” and the “Dying Grass Moon.”
This is the first Full Moon following September’s Harvest Moon. It rises just after sunset and sets around sunrise, so this is the only night in the month when the Moon is in the sky all night long.
Moon Phases for October 2016
Note: Though the full Moon is on the 16th in EDT, it will rise late on the 15th in the rest of North America.
See the Moon Phase Calendar to get dates and times for YOUR town.
|New Moon: Sept. 30, 8:11 P.M.|
|First Quarter: October 9, 12:33 A.M.|
|Full Moon: October 16, 12:24 A.M.|
|Last Quarter: October 22, 3:14 P.M.|
|New Moon: Oct. 30, 1:39 P.M.|
For your next full Moon, see our Full Moon Dates chart.
Full Hunters Moon Video
Each month, we will explain the traditional names of the full Moon along with some fascinating Moon facts. In this video, learn about the Full Hunter’s Moon. Click below to watch the video.
Best Days in October 2016
Below are the best days for activities, based on the Moon’s sign and phase in October.
- Aboveground crops: 8, 9
- Belowground crops: 25, 26
For Setting Eggs:
- 9, 10, 19, 20
- 1-16, 30, 31
Moon Facts and Folklore
- The Moon passes above Venus on October 3, to the right of Saturn on the 5th, and above Mars on the 7th and 8th.
- Corn planted under a waning Moon grows slower but yields larger ears.
- Babies born a day after the full Moon enjoy success and endurance.
- A new Moon in your dreams promises increased wealth or a happy marriage.
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