October 2015 brings autumn into full swing, and who doesn’t love donning a sweater for a walk in the woods, or a stroll through an apple orchard to enjoy the season’s bounty? Enjoy our monthly seasonal advice.
Listen! The wind is rising,
And the air is wild with leaves,
We have had our summer evenings,
Now for October eves!
—Humbert Wolfe (1885-1940)
October was the name of the eighth month of the year in the ancient Roman calendar. When the Romans converted to a 12-month calendar, the name October stuck.
On the second Monday in October, the U.S. celebrates Columbus Day. Canadians celebrate Thanksgiving on the same day.
October 9 is Leif Eriksson Day. Who was Leif Eriksson and why should we care?
Wrapping up the month is Halloween (All Hallows’ Eve) on the 31st!
Recipes for the Season
October kicks off the fall baking season for us!
From pumpkin spice cookies to fresh apple crumble bars, we love the flavors of the harvest.
For over 100 more baked goods recipes, check out the Almanac Everyday Baking Cookbook!
If you’re interested in growing pumpkins for next Halloween, see our Pumpkin planting page.
Review our full gardening calendar for a list of what to do in the October garden.
From the 8th to the 10th, watch the waning crescent Moon pays each planet a visit on successive mornings: Venus, with Regulus to its left, on the 8th; Mars on the 9th; Jupiter on the 10th; and Mercury on the 11th.
For more highlights of the night sky, see our October 2015 Sky Watch.
- When deer are in a gray coat in October, expect a hard winter.
- Much rain in October, much wind in December.
- A warm October means a cold February.
- In October dung your field, and your land its wealth shall yield.