Worldwide Howl at the Moon Night
Also known as
Howl at the Moon Day
annually on October 26th (since 2009)
Johnny DePalma on April 26th, 2009
Coming less than a week before Halloween, Worldwide Howl at the Moon Night celebrates wolves, animals that seemingly howl at the Moon. It is a day to educate people about wolves, and raise awareness to help groups that work in wolf conservation, such as Wolf Haven. It is also a day when people go out and howl at the Moon. Wolves have been associated with the Moon for centuries, going all the way back to the Stone Age. Greek and Roman gods and goddesses were also known for keeping wolves with them. Wolves really don't howl at the moon though, they are communicating with other wolves in the their pack, and they hold their heads up towards the sky so that their howls carry longer distances. If there are no trees their howls can carry about ten miles.
How to Observe
Celebrate the day by going outside and howling at the Moon at night. If you really want to get into it, you can get a group of friends together and head out into the countryside. You can build a bonfire, sit around it, and all howl at the Moon together. If howling really isn't your style, do some fundraising for a wolf conservatory. You probably should be wearing your Three Wolf Moon shirt today, and if you don't have one, you better buy one. The connection between wolves and the Moon has helped create the popular mythical creature the werewolf. So, today is a good day to watch a movie or television show that features werewolves. There are many songs about wolves and werewolves that you could listen to today. Why not start with Warren Zevon's "Werewolves of London"?