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Fun Holiday – Howl at the Moon Day and Night

October 26 is Howl At the Moon Day and Night.

Dog howling at the moon.
Dog howling at the moon.
Celebrate Howl At the Moon Day and Night by howling at the Moon.
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We were unable to figure out what the unknown creators of this made-up holiday aim to accomplish, but we can only assume that it encourages people to go out during the day or night and howl at the Moon.

Howl Like a Wolf

The name of the holiday comes from the belief that wolves howl at the Moon. According to lore, on a full Moon night, wolves upturn their head towards the Moon and communicate with it by howling. Images of wolves with their heads turned towards the sky, howling with a full Moon in the background are commonplace today.

There is, however, absolutely no scientific evidence connecting Moon phases and wolf activities. Research has shown that wolves howl to communicate with the rest of their pack. Because they are nocturnal - they hunt for food at night and sleep during the day - they tend to howl at night. They turn their heads up when howling because doing so helps carry their sounds further.

How to Celebrate?

  • Learn more about wolves and their species.
  • Use the day as an excuse to take a night time hike with friends. Remember to let people know where you are going.

Did You Know…

…that wolves are the ancestors of present-day dogs?

Howl at the Moon Day and Night Observances

Fun Holiday: Howl at the Moon Day and Night Observances
YearWeekdayDateName
2017ThuOct 26Howl at the Moon Day and Night
2018FriOct 26Howl at the Moon Day and Night
2019SatOct 26Howl at the Moon Day and Night
2020MonOct 26Howl at the Moon Day and Night
2021TueOct 26Howl at the Moon Day and Night
2022WedOct 26Howl at the Moon Day and Night
2023ThuOct 26Howl at the Moon Day and Night
2024SatOct 26Howl at the Moon Day and Night
2025SunOct 26Howl at the Moon Day and Night
2026MonOct 26Howl at the Moon Day and Night

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