And just like that, the holidays are right around the corner.
Bringing with it crisper temperatures, an uptick in school work for students and plentiful excuses to eat candy corn, the month of October is far more than just a month dedicated to ghosts and ghouls. In many US cities, October straddles the line between sweltering heat and bitter cold, encouraging many to get outdoors as much as possible prior to the chilly temperatures of November.
With that in mind, we’ve once again pulled together a number of dates all-month long to help inspire your resident events (and not just ones Halloween-related, I promise.)
And as always, be sure to check out our full calendar of resident event ideas in the link below - and check back each month, as we post new ideas and full calendars throughout the year!
October 1-31: Pumpkin Patches & Apple Orchards
Okay so I know this isn’t exactly a true “holiday”, but for much of the nation, October 1st rings in an annual tradition of trotting out to nearby pumpkin patches and apple orchards to soak up the crisp fall air, make new family memories and enjoy plenty (and I mean plenty) of cider donuts.
To get residents in the fall-spirit, use your custom apartment app to circulate some of the best orchards/patches by your city. Online publications such as Thrillist are good places to start (check out their roundup near New York, Boston and Chicago), otherwise, a simple Google search should yield great results.
October 12: Farmer’s Day
Mobile Doorman’s Midwestern-roots gives us a soft spot for this holiday each year. With the colder temperatures calling a close to the harvest, October is a fitting mont to celebrate our nation’s farmers.
To help in the celebrations, encourage residents to check out items/produce from their local farmers all-month long. Organize a building-wide trip to a nearby farmers market - or better yet, circulate a list of all the different local farmers market running through the remainder of October for residents to check out.
October 22: National Color Day
Sure, it’s a silly day in spirit, but National Color Day also provides communities a chance to bring groups of residents together in friendly competition. On October 22, encourage floors to wear the same color into work that day, culminating in a colorful, building-wide picture to post on social. And to sweeten the pot, provide a reward to the floor/color that represents the most that day - maybe a Starbucks gift card for some of those Pumpkin Spice Lattes everyone keeps talking about…
October 23: World Series Begins
The Fall Classic truly signifies the spiritual end of summertime, will ball players we typically see donning sunglasses and sweatbands, trading out their cooling-gear in exchange for hand-warmers and winter caps.
Even if your town’s team isn’t competing in the Series this year, invite residents to a watch party of Game 1 in your community’s common area and encourage them to wear their favorite jersey. And be sure to snap a picture for social!
October 28-31: Halloween Week
It’s finally here! A week dedicated to tricks and treats, costumes and spooky movies. Get your community in the spirit by organizing a pumpkin-carving station in the common area, complete with tools and print-outs of unique jack o'lanterns.
Halloween Night rules also vary from community to community, so we encourage you to use your resident app to send out notices about if your community will be participating in trick or treating that evening and details on how to participate.