October 31: Carve a Pumpkin Day, National Caramel Apple Day, National Knock Knock Jokes Day, National Magic Day

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Carve a Pumpkin Day

Jack-O-Lanterns were originally carved in Ireland, and were made out of turnips. They were based on the legend of "Stingy Jack" who was known to play tricks on the Devil. When he died, he was so notorious that neither Heaven nor Hell would allow him entrance. He was destined to roam the Earth with only a burning coal placed inside a carved out turnip to light his way. The Irish referred to him as "Jack of the Lantern," which over time became Jack O'Lantern.

Today is "Carve a Pumpkin Day," and the only way to celebrate is by getting out your carving tools and going to work! If your pumpkin carving skills are a little rusty, you can check out this great tutorial on Yahoo! Shine.

Pumpkin Carving 101

National Caramel Apple Day

I can remember back in the "old days" when we used to get lots of homemade treats when we went trick or treating. Popcorn balls, rice cereal treats, and my personal favorite -- caramel apples! Even though we no longer pass them out to the neighborhood kids, caramel apples are still a special treat around Halloween.

Today is "National Caramel Apple Day," but there's no need to get out your double boiler for these great recipes from Yahoo! Shine:

Warm Caramel Apple Pudding Cake

Apple Chips and Caramel Dip

Caramel Apple Muffins

National Knock Knock Jokes Day

I can still remember the first knock knock joke I ever heard (and understood). I thought it was hilarious and told it over and over to everyone I saw. (Hint: Orange ya glad I didn't say banana?) Do you remember your first?

Although the origin of the knock knock joke is fuzzy at best, it may have spawned from a call-and-answer password format in the Middle Ages. Well, today is "National Knock Knock Jokes Day," so all you corny comedian wannabees can have a field day. Check out these classics from Mad TV.

National Magic Day

On Oct. 31, 1926, renowned magician Harry Houdini died from peritonitis resulting from a blow to the abdomen that ruptured his appendix. In his honor, this day has since been celebrated as "National Magic Day."

To celebrate the memory of this great illusionist, why not watch the 1953 classic film "Houdini" starring Tony Curtis and Janet Leigh? You can check out all the details on Yahoo! Movies.

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