We’ve cultivated the following collection of strange, bizarre, wacky and unusual celebrations, holidays, and observances that we found from our Sources. (Gotta credit our sources. We didn’t just pull these weird dates out of our hoo-has. Now that would be odd!)

It’s geared towards anything travel, pop culture, horror, creepy crawly, and in general odd and out of the ordinary that appealed to our curious and unusual sensibilities.

If you’re into the strange as well, we hope you’ll appreciate our calendar of weird holidays and observances. Which, new for 2017, now includes some birthdays and deathiversaries of some notable horror writers, movie directors, and characters. See an icon we’ve forgotten? Be sure to let us know!

Note:

Where applicable, if the holiday or observance has an official website, we’ve linked to it.

Also where applicable, we’ve listed month-long or week-specific bizarre, wacky or unusual celebrations that we found appealing too.

(After all, why limit a party to one day when you can party for a whole week or month? Can we get an “Amen!”?)

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Let us know which of these holidays and observances you already enjoy celebrating, or which ones you’d like to start observing.

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See something we’re missing? Know a date you think we should add? See one missing a link to an official site? Don’t be shy. Speak up! Contact Us.

Last updated: April 18, 2017

2017

January February March April
May June July August
September October November December


JANUARY

Daily
  • 3 J.R.R. Tolkien Day
  • 3 Memento Mori “Remember You Die” Day
  • 4 World Hypnotism Day
  • 10 Peculiar People Day
  • 13 Friday the 13th
  • 13 International Skeptics Day
  • 15 International Fetish Day
  • 16 Appreciate a Dragon Day
  • 16 John Carpenter’s Birthday
  • 17 Harry Price’s Birthday
  • 19 Edgar Allen Poe’s Birthday
  • 21 Oren Peli’s Birthday
  • 26 Hans Holzer’s Birthday
  • 27 Thomas Crapper Day
  • 31 Lorraine Warren’s Birthday

FEBRUARY

Monthly

Daily

 


MARCH

Monthly
  • Spiritual Wellness Month
Weekly
Daily

APRIL

Monthly
Weekly
  • 1st Week of April Read a Road Map Month (Navigation is a very important of successful jaunting!)
  • 2-8 (1st Full Week): Bat Appreciation Week
  • 11-15 (During the week of the Full Moon) National Dark Sky Week
  • 13-18 National Tattoo Week
  • 28-30 (Last Weekend) National Dream Hotline
Daily
  • 1 April Fool’s Day
  • 1 International Fun at Work Day
  • 4 Tell a Lie Day
  • 5 First Contact Day (Star Trek related. April 5, 2063 = date made first contact with the Vulcans.)
  • 5 Read A Road Map Day
  • 5 Zak Bagans’s Birthday
  • 6 Paraprofessional Appreciation Day (We’re sure it applies to professions like paralegals and such, but why not para investigators too?)
  • 9 Cherish an Antique Day
  • 16 World Circus Day
  • 17 Bat Appreciation Day
  • 19 Nick Groff’s Birthday
  • 23 Movie Theatre Day
  • 26 Hans Holzer’s Deathiversary
  • 28 National Superhero Day (Here’s the link to the FB community)
  • 29 Alfred Hitchcock’s Deathiversary
  • 29 Bats Day
  • 29 (Last Saturday) Save The Frogs Day
  • 30 Half Way to Halloween
  • 30 Walpurgis Night

MAY

Monthly
  • Mystery Month
Weekly
Daily
  • 1 Beltane
  • 1 Samhain (Southern Hemisphere)
  • 1 Batman Day (also September 17)
  • 3 Paranormal Day
  • 4 Star Wars Day
  • 6 National Tourist Appreciation Day
  • 6 Atlas Obscura Day
  • 7 National Tourism Day
  • 11 Twilight Zone Day
  • 13 Leprechaun Day
  • 14 Astrology Day (Spring and Fall)
  • 16 National Piercing Day
  • 16 National Sea Monkey Day
  • 18 International Museum Day
  • 18 National Museum Day
  • 22 Sherlock Holmes Day
  • 22 World Goth Day
  • 23 World Turtle Day
  • 25 Cookie Monster’s Birthday (See also November 2. There seems to be some confusion as two dates show for him. Maybe ol’ Cookie’s trying to pull a fast one and get more presents?)
  • 26 World Dracula Day
  • 26 Peter Cushing’s Birthday
  • 27 Christopher Lee’s Birthday
  • 27 Vincent Price’s Birthday

JUNE

Monthly
  • National Camping Month
Weekly
  • 5-11 Bed Bug Awareness Week
Daily

JULY

Monthly
  • National Parks & Recreation Month
Weekly
  • 1-4 Roswell UFO Days
  • 13-16 National Ventriloquism Week
  • 24-29: National Body Piercing Week
Daily
  • 2 World UFO Day
  • 2 (1st Sunday) Build a Scarecrow Day
  • 3 Grant Wilson’s Birthday
  • 13 Embrace Your Geekness Day
  • 14 Pandemonium Day
  • 16 World Snake Day
  • 20 Moon Day
  • 20 Space Exploration Day
  • 22 Rat-catchers Day

AUGUST

Monthly
  • American Adventures Month
Weekly
Daily
  • 1 Lughnasadh
  • 1 Spider-Man Day (also October 14)
  • 2 Wes Craven’s Birthday
  • 6 M. Night Shyamalan’s Birthday
  • 7 National Psychic Day (Some discrepancy. Some sources claim it’s actually the 1st Monday in August.)
  • 7 National Doll Day
  • 7 Lighthouse Day
  • 10 Josh Gates’s Birthday
  • 13 Alfred Hitchcock’s Birthday
  • 17 Black Cat Appreciation Day
  • 18 Serendipity Day
  • 20 International Geocaching Day
  • 22 Be an Angel Day
  • 23 Ed Warren’s Deathiversary
  • 24 Vesuvius Day
  • 25 National Park Service Day
  • 30 Frankenstein Day (in honor of Mary Shelley’s Birthday)
  • 30 Mary Shelley’s Birthday
  • 30 Wes Craven’s Deathiversary

SEPTEMBER

Monthly
  • Blood Cancer Awareness Month
  • (World) Leukemia and Lymphoma Awareness Month

*Note: The above two observances have extreme significance for Courtney Mroch, the woman behind Haunt Jaunts. She started HJ as a blog as part of her “get off the couch” initiative as she battled lymphoma. Having cancer was the scariest time in her life, but it was also responsible for bringing her some of the happiest, most meaningful moments in her post-cancer life. Including her beloved HJ site.

Weekly
  • 24-30 (Begins last Sunday through following week) National Fall Foliage Week
Daily
  • 7 Ed Warren’s Birthday
  • 9 Wonderful Weirdos Day
  • 11 Pet Rock Day
  • 13 Roald Dahl Day
  • 13 Scooby-Doo Day
  • 13 Defy Superstition Day
  • 13 Fortune Cookie Day
  • 16 National Tattoo Story Day (started by NBC’s Blindspot)
  • 17 Batman Day (also May 1)
  • 19 International Talk Like a Pirate Day (Arrr, ye scallywags!)
  • 21 Stephen King’s Birthday
  • 22 Hobbit Day
  • 24 National Museum Day
  • 27 Tourism Day

OCTOBER

Monthly
Weekly
Daily
  • 1 National Ghost Hunting Day
  • 1 (1st Sunday) Country Inn Bed & Breakfast Day
  • 2 Guardian Angels Day
  • 3 Virus Appreciation Day
  • 5 Clive Barker’s Birthday
  • 6 Mad Hatter Day
  • 7 Edgar Allen Poe’s Deathiversary
  • 8 World Octopus Day
  • 8 Astronomy Day (Twice a year, Spring and Fall)
  • 9 Curious Events Day
  • 9 Guillermo del Toro’s Birthday
  • 11 Octopus Myths and Legends Day (“For all the fantastical cephalopods of movies, literature and legend. Release the Kraken!”)
  • 11 National Face Your Fears Day
  • 12 International Moment of Frustration Scream Day
  • 13 Friday the 13th
  • 13 International Skeptics Day
  • 14 (2nd Saturday) National Costume Swap Day
  • 14 Spider-Man Day (Also Aug 1)
  • 15 Grouch Day
  • 19 Michael Myers’ Birthday
  • 21 Reptile Awareness Day
  • 25 Chucky, The Notorious Killer Doll Day
  • 26 Howl at The Moon Night
  • 27 (Last Friday in October) Frankenstein Friday
  • 30 Create A Great Funeral Day (Don’t fear the Reaper)
  • 30 National Candy Corn Day
  • 30 Mischief Night (aka Devil’s Night)
  • 30 Haunted Refrigerator Night
  • 30 Visit A Cemetery Day
  • 31 Carve a Pumpkin Day
  • 31 Halloween (aka All Hallows Eve)
  • 31 Samhain
  • 31 National Magic Day (Memorializes the death of Harry Houdini)
  • 31 Increase Your Psychic Powers Day

NOVEMBER

Weekly
Daily
  • 1 Hockey Mask Day
  • 1 Dia de Los Muertos (en ingles, Day of The Dead)
  • 2 Look for Circles Day (Have you spotted a crop circle lately?)
  • 2 Plan Your Epitaph Day
  • 2 Cookie Monster Day (see also May 25)
  • 4-6 Punkin Chunkin
  • 4 (1st Saturday) Pumpkin Destruction Day
  • 8 Dunce Day
  • 9 Chaos Never Dies Day (Recognizes the turmoil in modern, everyday life.)
  • 12 Fancy Rat & Mouse Day
  • 17 Take a Hike Day (Maybe along some haunted trails that we know of?)
  • 18 Occult Day
  • 20 Absurdity Day
  • 24 All Our Uncles Are Monkeys Day (aka Evolution Day, celebrates when Darwin’s On the Origins of Species first published.)

DECEMBER

Monthly
  • Spiritual Literacy Month
Weekly
  • 17-23 Saturnalia
Daily
  • 5 Krampusnacht (aka Krampus night)
  • 8 Pretend To Be A Time Traveler Day
  • 8 (2nd Friday) Lost & Found Day
  • 9 Weary Willie Day (Emmett Kelly, Jr. was the man behind this Depression-era iconic sad clown face.)
  • 12 National Ding-a-Ling Day – “Some people say this is a day for wackos, lunatics, and others who are off their rocker. We say, it is simply a day to cut loose, act a little weird.”
  • 16 National Ugly Christmas Sweater Day
  • 18 Answer The Telephone Like Buddy The Elf Day
  • 21 Humbug Day
  • 21 National Flashlight Day (What self respecting ghost hunter wouldn’t have one of these handy? A day to pay homage to such a handy instrument!)
  • 21 Yule
  • 23 Festivus
  • 27 Jason Hawes’s Birthday
  • 31 Unlucky Day

Sources:

We found the above fun holidays and observances on the following sites:

 

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