Full Moons for October 2020

Watch for the Hunter's Moon on Halloween!

October 15, 2020
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October has two full Moons this year: the full Harvest Moon on October 1 and the full Hunter’s Moon on the 31st—Halloween! Learn more about these two special full Moons. 

When to See October’s Full Moons

The first of October’s full Moons appeared on Thursday, October 1, reaching peak illumination at 5:06 P.M. Eastern Time. October’s second full Moon rises on Halloween—Saturday, October 31—and hits peak illumination at 10:51 A.M. Eastern Time.

As the Moon rises over the horizon around sunset, it may appear larger and more orange—how perfect for the fall season! But don’t be fooled by the “Moon Illusion,” which makes the Moon appear bigger than it really is.

Want to know the exact time of moonrise in your location? Check out our Moonrise and Moonset Calculator.

See a Spooky Halloween Blue Moon

As stated above, October’s second full Moon appears on Saturday, October 31, making Halloween night extra special this year. This full Moon is known as the Hunter’s Moon, as this is the time of year when humans and animals alike are stocking up on food in preparation for the long winter ahead.

Just how rare is a full Moon on Halloween? Find out here!

Because the Hunter’s Moon is the second full Moon in the month of October, it is also considered a “Blue Moon.” This term refers either to the second full Moon to occur within a single calendar month or to the third full Moon in a calendar season. Despite the name, the Moon won’t actually appear blue-tinged; it will be its normal golden hue near the horizon, transitioning to a bright white overhead. 

But wait! Here’s another fun fact that you should know about this full Moon: The Hunter’s Moon will be the smallest full Moon of the year—a so-called “minimoon“—thanks to it being farther away from Earth than any other full Moon in 2020. As you might have guessed, a minimoon is the opposite of a supermoon. This phenomenon is caused by the Moon’s oval-shaped orbit around Earth, which results in the Moon being farther and closer to the Earth at different points in its orbit. (The closest and farthest points in the Moon’s orbit are called perigee and apogee, respectively.)

It’s also worth noting that, as with a Blue Moon, a minimoon won’t actually appear any different than a normal full Moon does! Still, it’s a nice fun fact to know about this rare Halloween Moon.

A buck carrying the full moon in his antlers.
A buck carrying the Moon in his antlers. Credit: Gallinago/Shutterstock.

The Harvest, the Hunter, and the Equinox

For decades, the Almanac has referenced the monthly full Moons with names tied to early Native American and Colonial folklore. However, both the Harvest Moon and the Hunter’s Moon are unique in that they are not related to this folklore, nor necessarily tied to a single month. Instead, they relate to an astronomical event: the autumnal equinox!

The Harvest Moon is said to be the full Moon which occurs nearest to the date of the autumnal equinox (September 22, 2020). This means that either September or October’s full Moon may take on the name “Harvest Moon” instead of its traditional name. Similarly, the Hunter’s Moon is the first full Moon to follow the Harvest Moon, meaning that it can occur in either October or November.

This year, both the Harvest Moon (October 1) and Hunter’s Moon (October 31) occur in October.

Moon Phases for October 2020

See all Moon phase dates and times (EDT) below. See the Moon Phase Calendar for your location.

Full Harvest Moon: October 1, 5:06 P.M.
Last Quarter Moon: October 9, 8:40 PM
New Moon: October 16, 3:31 P.M.
First Quarter Moon: October 23, 9:23 A.M.
Full Hunter’s Moon: October 31, 10:51 A.M.

For your next full Moon, see our Full Moon Dates chart.

Why Is It Called the Hunter’s Moon?

Some folks believe that this full Moon was called the full Hunter’s Moon because it signaled the time to go hunting in preparation for winter. Since the harvesters had recently reaped the fields under the Harvest Moon, hunters could easily see the fattened deer and other animals that had come out to glean (and the foxes and wolves that had come out to prey on them).

About October Moon Names

The earliest use of the term “Hunter’s Moon” cited in the Oxford English Dictionary is from 1710. Some sources suggest that other names for the Hunter’s Moon are the Sanguine or Blood Moon, either associated with the blood from with hunting or the turning of the leaves in autumn. 

Some Native American tribes, who tied the full Moon names to the season’s activities, called the full Moon the “Travel Moon” and the “Dying Grass Moon.” 

Image: Moonrise over the Syr Darya river, Sunday, Nov. 13, 2016, Baikonur, Kazakhstan. Credit: NASA/Bill Ingalls 
Image: Moonrise over the Syr Darya river, Sunday, Nov. 13, 2016, Baikonur, Kazakhstan. Credit: NASA/Bill Ingalls 

In lunisolar calendars, the months change with the new Moon and full Moons fall in the middle of the lunar month. This full Moon falls near the middle of the ninth month in the Chinese calendar and Marcheshvan in the Hebrew calendar. In the Islamic calendar, the months start with the first sighting of the waxing crescent Moon a few days after the New Moon. This full Moon is near the middle of Safar, the second month of the Islamic year.

Read more about Full Moon names and meanings.

October Full Moon Video 

Each month, we will explain the traditional names of the full Moon along with some fascinating Moon facts. Click below to watch the video.

Best Days in October 2020

Below are some of the best days for certain activities, based on the Moon’s sign and phase in October.

For Harvesting

Aboveground crops: 21, 22, 31

Belowground crops: 4, 5

For Setting Eggs

5, 6

For Fishing

1, 16–31

See Best Days for more activities.

Moon Folklore

  • 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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Ready for Halloween

A full moon on Halloween + it being on a Saturday = Awesomeness

hunters moon picts from Cayucos, Calif.

Have some great .jpg picts of this mornings (10/24/18/06:00hrs.) hunters moon & reflection off the pacific Ocean in Calif. Can't find a way to attach them for all to enjoy.
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Thank you for this. I love farmer's almanac and glad to be here.

Getting pregnant

What date in October is the best to get pregnant

vaccinations

I just wanted to check and see when the best dates are for getting the flu vaccine in October!

Thanks

First full moon on or before October 31st

The first full moon on or before October 31st is the Witches moon. This night is when the veil between the worlds is the thinnest and you can receive prophecy if you are of a lineaged bloodline.
If you live in a place or area that is haunted, or if you work in a place where someone has passed, if a ghost wants to materialize, this night will be when it will happen.

moonlight Jesus

Just a wonderful reminder of Gods Glorious shining light, reflecting off of wherever it wills, and as the case was last night, I saw the whitest clouds ever against a crisp navy blue galaxy, I was so in awe, and I could finally see so clearly, I have never had this much peace, I felt I was looking right into God's domain.

The beautiful night sky

Know what you mean Moonlight Jesus. I am from Chicago and the sky here last night was just as you described. It was a beautiful Fall evening.

october moon

your god has nothing to do with nature on this planet or the moon , stars , sun and the universe...

October Moon

God has all to do with His universe. He is the one who spoke the universe and all everything in it into existence.
Psalms 148: 3 & 5-Praise ye him, sun and moon: praise him, all ye stars of light. Verse 5 Let them praise the name of the LORD: for he
commanded, and they were created.

Yep, He controls everything

Yep, He controls everything in the universe. Including starvation, cancer in children, and don't forget Lucifer, the first angel He created.

You misunderstood. He

You misunderstood. He created, He does not control. We all have free will. He created our souls, not our bodies or our dna. We can thank Mom and Dad for that.

Mark Comment

How the Hell do You know about Her God and secondly that's just Your opinion.

Aren't these comments just

Aren't these comments just the greatest? Lol

shall i do property registration on full moon day oct 27

I plan to register my home on oct 27 full moon day. My rasi is magaram and naksathram uthradam. is it advisable ?

Would one to have a calendar

Would one to have a calendar for Austin Texas as far as the moons go

best time for neck surgery

best time for neck surgery this month

total eclipse

The total eclipse happens with the super moon on Sept. 27th, not the Hunter's Moon in October. Check your own facts. The link "eclipses" shows the correct information.

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P. S. Which makes this Sunday's moon a blood moon!

I was born on a full moon,

I was born on a full moon, and am in my mid 40s now. It is not an easy position to carry through one's life. Astrologically, your emotional expression and means of feeling, and your basic ego/self are always in opposition. The sun does cast light which illuminates, and the moon has no light of her own so does benefit from the sun's, of course. So my ego and sense of self informs my emotional state. I have ended up fairly neurotic as a result. Just something to bear in mind.

It may seem very romantic and magical, and it definitely has beauty of its own inherent, but it is a very difficult placement speaking from experience. The moon also represents the mother in astrological terms, and one might wish to be cognisant of this. My Aries moon does reflect my (non) relationship with her and the difficulties that I had to face, represented in this position. I think a Taurus moon is better in a lot of ways. And others, dependent upon what the rest of the sky is up to.

I do add the caveat, vive la difference. Long live diversity. It's a hard enough world already though. May as well find whatever advantage we can.

I was born on a full moon and

I was born on a full moon and my moon is in Aries as well; however my experience is not the same as yours. Both my children were born on a full moon and though we all have high energy levels on the regular basis- I do not think it determines our state of mind on the day to day basis. When the moon is full, I have noticed that we are all affected more than most people but I think that the astrological sign that the moon is occupying has more of an influence on us rather than a permanent impact of being born on a full moon.

Hi, My Estimated Delivery

Hi,

My Estimated Delivery date is 9th Oct 2014. However could you please let me know which will be the best date to deliver in the month of October? In my case, mostly it will be a C-section. (That's what doctors say)

Thanks,
Lasitha

The best day to deliver your

The best day to deliver your baby is TODAY

What is the significance of

What is the significance of being born under a full moon and how can i find out what moon phase was in november 21st 1982 my mother believes the alighnment of the stars and moon and planets are a part of who were are when we enter this life

To find out what Moon phase

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To find out what Moon phase was on a particular date from 1970 to 2037, you can use our Moon Phases and Lunar Calendar at:
http://www.almanac.com/moon/ca...
Just put in the zip or postal code to tailor the data to your location (Moon phase date is dependent on local time, and sometimes the date will change depending on what time zone you are in.)
It looks like November 21, 1982, was 2 days before First Quarter (so it was a waxing crescent Moon).
As for the significance of being born under a full Moon astrologically speaking, the answer can get a little lengthy, depending on how many other factors you are considering, too. We'd suggest that you post your question on our Astrology and Signs Forum. Someone there would probably be able to help answer your question.
http://www.almanac.com/forums/...
Or, you can search online for "full Moon," "astrology," "significance," and "born" and you'll see several astrology sites that may help.

How can I find out if my

How can I find out if my husband was born on a full moon night. He is fascinated by the moon and I wonder if he was born under a full moon.

http://www.fullmoon.info/en/f

http://www.fullmoon.info/en/fu...

I looked mine up. This site chronicles from 1900-2050

It does conflict with the FA

It does conflict with the FA though. It says the Oct. full moon is on the 19th. While the FA says the 18th.

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