Wel­come Octo­ber! Things may be cool­ing down, but there’s still plen­ty of fun to be had! Octo­ber is Nation­al Chili Mon­thNation­al Pop­corn Pop­ping Mon­th and Rap­tor Mon­th! We’re also cel­e­brat­ing Name Your Car Day (Oct 2), Nation­al Pierogi Day (Oct 8),  Be Bald and Free Day (Oct 14), Nation­al Franken­stein Day (Oct 29) and of course, HALLOWEEN (Oct 31)! Birth­days this mon­th include Mar­io Lemieux (Oct 5), William Penn (Oct 15), Sylvia Plath (Oct 27)  and Alf (Oct 28). Also! KU Book Club will be meet­ing on Octo­ber 9th to talk about Neil Gaiman’s Amer­i­can Gods! For more FUN FUN FUN, keep on read­ing!





Octo­ber is freak­ing PACKED with mon­th long cel­e­bra­tions. Seri­ous­ly. Look at this line-up. Octo­ber is Nation­al Chili Mon­thNation­al Apple Mon­th, Nation­al Cook­book Mon­thNation­al Field Trip Mon­th,  Nation­al Bak­ing Mon­th and  Nation­al Pop­corn Pop­ping Mon­th! And those are just the NATIONAL hol­i­days.  It’s also Piz­za Mon­th,  Adopt a Shel­ter Dog Mon­thSar­cas­tic Mon­th, and Rap­tor Mon­th! Seri­ous­ly, if you think Octo­ber is bor­ing, you CRAY.


Start your mon­th out on the right foot with Inter­na­tion­al Fru­gal Fun Day (Oct 1). All those fall fes­ti­vals can start adding up, so if you spend the first Sat­ur­day of the mon­th doing some­thing fun and free, you’ll have more mon­ey to spend on PUMPKINS. (This com­ing from the girl who spent $200 on pump­kins last year. TO BE FAIR I WAS BUYING THEM FOR MY WEDDING. Still. I love pump­kins. And Fall. And Octo­ber.)

Here’s a great FREE fru­gal fun idea: Doors Open Pitts­burgh (Oct 1 — 2)! A bunch of build­ings down­town will be open to the pub­lic for FREE behind the sce­nes tours! If you’re the type of per­son who likes to look in people’s bath­room cab­i­nets (face it, we’re ALL that type of per­son) then this event is for you!

Next up is Name Your Car Day  and Phileas Fogg’s Wager Day (both Oct 2). 10/4 is Ten-Four Day. Obvi­ous­ly. It’s also Vod­ka Day. I per­son­al­ly plan on cel­e­brat­ing both those hol­i­days HARD. Gonna bust out my Hamm Radio and get drunk off my butt and sing sea shanties to the truck dri­vers, TEN-FOUR, YOU HEAR ME?

After cel­e­brat­ing Vod­ka day, you might feel the need to reset your sys­tem. Which is super con­ve­nient, because Nation­al Kale Day is on Octo­ber 5th. And every­one knows that Kale is the best for a hang­over. When it is served with a side of a whole pig’s worth of bacon, of course.

Octo­ber 6th is Mad Hat­ter Day. Please come to Kards and try on all of our hats. I’m not kid­ding. We have a lot of hats. The Girl on the Train hits the­aters on the 7th and then the 8th is Pittsburgh’s all time favorite hol­i­day: Nation­al Pierogi Day!


While you’re mak­ing Pier­o­gis with your amaz­ing pol­ish grand­ma, make sure you ask her about her young life. It’s Nation­al Sto­ry­telling Week­end (Oct 7 — 9) and sto­ries about our grand­par­ents past are, in my hum­ble opin­ion, some of the very best sto­ries.

Birth­days this week include:
Snoopy (Oct 2), Anne Rice (Oct 4), Mar­io Lemieux (Oct 5), and Count von Count (Oct 9)


It’s Nation­al Angel Food Cake Day (Oct 10). If you don’t have a nice Angel Food Cake to eat, you can cel­e­brate by watch­ing this super cute awe­some car­toon from the 50s.  It’s My Par­ty Day is Octo­ber 11th! I’m cel­e­brat­ing ear­ly this year, per­son­al­ly.

Imma going to go ahead and say that Octo­ber 12th is offi­cial­ly Indige­nous Peo­ples’ Day. It was for­mer­ly known as Colum­bus Day, but the times, they are a chang­in’.


Inter­na­tion­al Skep­tics Day is on the 13th, fol­lowed by Be Bald and Free Day (Oct 14) and Nation­al Grouch Day (Oct 15)

Birth­days this week include:
H.J. Heinz (Oct 11), William Penn (Oct 14), Friedrich Niet­zsche and P.G. Wode­house (both Oct 15)


Take it nice and slow this week. There’s only two weird hol­i­days on our cal­en­dar, which is A-Okay, because Halloween’s on it’s way and we got­ta get ready! This week is Boss’s Day (Oct 17) and Caps Lock Day (Oct 22).


Birth­days this week include:
Oscar Wilde (Oct 16), Bela Lugosi (Oct 20), Car­rie Fish­er (Oct 21) and Ursu­la K. Le Guin (Oct 21).


Did you know that there’s a whole day ded­i­cat­ed to Bolog­na? Yes there is! Nation­al Bolog­na Day is Octo­ber 24th! You can have all the Bolog­na sand­wich­es you want! For me, that would be zero sand­wich­es, but I’m sure there is some­one out there who lives for this hol­i­day.

Over the week­end, check out the Pitts­burgh Pet Expo (Oct 28 — 30). And then you can par­ty it up for Nation­al Franken­stein Day (Oct 29). I sug­gest may­be throw­ing a Mon­ster Mash.

The 30th is a triple threat with Cre­ate a Great Funer­al Day,  Can­dy Corn Day and Devil’s Night!

Birth­days this week include:
Pat Con­roy (Oct 26), John Cleese and Sylvia Plath (both Oct 27), Alf and Eve­lyn Waugh (both Oct 28)


Why yes, I am ded­i­cat­ing a whole week’s space to one day! That’s because Octo­ber 31st is a VERY SPECIAL DAY. I mean first of all, it’s Nation­al Knock Knock Jokes Day. And sec­ond­ly, it’s Nation­al Mag­ic Day.


ahem. Caaaaan you tell that we love Hal­loween? Seri­ous­ly though, we’ve got of fun stuff in the store to help you get your spook on! Stop by to see our beau­ti­ful hal­loween dec­o­ra­tions and try on all the sil­ly hats!

Birth­days on Oct 31 include:
Wil­low Smith, Michael Collins, Peter Jack­son, Christo­pher Colum­bus, Vanil­la Ice, Juli­et­te Gor­don Low, and Ethel Waters.


So, what do you think?