What’s coming up in October

Events, special dates, films and books you and your family have to look forward to next month.

Special dates for the diary
Film and book releases
October events

Special dates for the diary

All month
Breast Cancer Awareness Month

Be sure to don a pink ribbon to show your support for breast cancer awareness this month. You could even host a pink party, inviting your pink-clad friends over for pink-iced cakes, and pink lemonade to raise money. For more information and ideas, check out the Breast Cancer Care website here.

Sunday October 1
Grandparents’ Day

Grandparents are great – so much so we get a whole day to celebrate them, and quite right too. For ideas on how your children could spend some quality time with their grandparents, see our article on How to show the grandparents they’re loved.

Saturday October 7
World Smile Day

Make an extra effort to turn that frown upside down today, and encourage your children to do a good deed to make someone else smile, too.

Saturday October 14-Sunday October 29
Autumn half-term

The kids are off school for a week, although dates may vary depending on their school. For ideas on keeping them entertained if it’s miserable outside (likely), check out our six suggestions here.

Sunday October 29
Clocks go back

The bad news is, the days are about to get darker earlier. The good news is, we get an extra hour in bed – hoorah!

Tuesday October 31

Yes it’s time to trick or treat with your little terrors. For decoration, food and costume ideas, click here.

Film and book releases

Thursday October 5
(Book) The Creakers

You know those creepy creaks at night? They’re just the house warming up and cooling down… right? But when all the adults go missing and the kids run riot, Lucy, who has lost her Dad already, is determined to find her Mum… but she has to go up against the Creakers to do so. This spooky story is certainly not for those who are still scared of the “monster under the bed” (that rules us out then!).

Thursday October 5
(Book) The Girl with the Lost Smile

The first children’s book from Miranda Heart, the comedian’s quirky tone and humour lends itself well to this heart-warming story of a girl that will make kids aged seven and up laugh (and cry).


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Friday October 20
(Film) My Little Pony: The Movie

My Little Pony was probably as much a part of your childhood as it is your kid’s, so take a trip down memory lane by taking your little one to watch the adventures of Tempest Shadow, Princess Skystar and Applejack.

Friday October 20
(Film) The War with Grandpa

Forced to give up his room to his Grandad, Peter plays various mischievous pranks on his poor relative in order to get his room back. With a surprisingly stellar cast including Robert De Niro (Grandpa), Uma Thurman and Christopher Walken, this should be enjoyable for both you and your kids (although you may need to keep Grandpa away for a while after watching…)

Friday October 20
(Book) Harry Potter – A Journey Through a History of Magic

To celebrate 20 years since the release of Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone, the British Library has released two magical books. Both explore the magic and potions of Hogwarts, from alchemy to unicorns, but while A Journey Through a History of Magic is a family-friendly edition, A History of Magic: The Book of the Exhibition is a stunning hardcover coffee table book. Both are released October 20.

October events

Throughout October
Festival City, Nottingham
Head to Nottingham in October and you’ll have a choice of festivals to check out. From shooting arrows at the Robin Hood Beer & Cider Festival to having a go on the rides at the UK’s oldest travelling fair, Goose Fair, to Oktoberfest, trying out video games at the GameCity Festival, and the Hockley Hustle music festival, there’s something to suit everyone.

Wednesday October 18-Tuesday October 24
The Loogabarooga Festival, Loughborough

Charlie and Lola author Lauren Child will be talking four- to seven-year-olds through her best-loved characters, plus there will be parties themed around her books. There are also lots of shows, workshops and readings to inspire creative young minds. Little bookworms will love it!

Saturday October 21-Sunday October 29
Juice Festival, Newcastle,
This nine-day festival for families and youngsters showcases art, dance, film and music created by, for and with under-25s. Held across Newcastle and Gateshead, united across the River Tyne by seven bridges, it’s sure to be jam-packed with entertaining young talent.

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Do you know of any fab family events happening in October? Do feel free to share them in the comments section below.

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