Most of the time being referred to as grouch would be something negative, but that’s not the case on National Grouch Day. On this holiday, people are encouraged to be their truest grouch. This is a holiday that’s observed on October 15th and reminds everyone that it’s okay to occasionally be grouchy. After all, since we’re all human, there are times when we’re going to complain or are irritable—it’s completely natural.
The History Of National Grouch Day
The history of this holiday can be traced back to 1976. This is when Sesame Street invented this holiday in honor of the world’s most favorite grouch Oscar The Grouch. Oscar The Grouch was created by Jim Henson and was portrayed by Caroll Spinney from 1969 through 2015, and by Eric Jacobson from 2015 onwards. An interesting fact about this character is that his original color was orange the first year he appeared on Sesame Street. This changed the following year when Oscar visited Swamp Mushy Muddy—a popular fishing spot for Grouches—and his color changed from orange to green. From that point onward, Oscar The Grouch would retain his green color.
How To Observe National Grouch Day
There are several different ways for people to celebrate National Grouch Day, regardless of whether they’re a child or an adult. Below are some ideas for things that people can do to celebrate this holiday and to encourage your inner grouch to come forward.
Children Can Spend Time With The Real Grouch
The first way for children to celebrate this holiday is by spending some time with Oscar The Grouch—the biggest grouch in the world. They can watch episodes of Sesame Street on PBS, spend some time singing the Grouch Anthem, or coloring a Grouch-themed coloring book. And speaking of books, children can read one of the many Oscar The Grouch books that are available. Some of our favorite Oscar The Grouch books include:
Oscar The Grouch Books:
- The Pursuit Of Grouchiness By Oscar The Grouch
- Oscar’s Book By Jeff Moss
- Oscar’s Rotten Birthday By Dan Elliott
- Growing Up Grouchy By Michaela Muntean
Of course, Oscar The Grouch can also be appreciated by watching one of the many movies in which he’s featured. Some of the movies that can be found that feature this famous Grouch include:
Oscar The Grouch Movies:
- The Adventures Of Elmo In Grouchland
- The Great Muppet Caper
- A Muppet Family Christmas
Adults Can Spend The Day Being “Grouchy”
This holiday isn’t just reserved for children, however. It’s also a day in which adults can unleash their inner grouch. They can spend the day at home watching movies or posting their grouchiest social media posts using the hashtag #NationalGrouchDay. Or they can spend the day watching movies with grumpy characters. Below are some movies that seem like a perfect match for anyone observing National Grouch Day.
Movies With Grouchy Characters:
- Gran Torino
- Grumpy Old Men
- The Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou
- American Splendor
- The Odd Couple
- Groundhog Day
- Bad Santa
- Die Hard
When is National Grouch Day?
|This year (2020)||October 15 (Thursday)||Multiple dates - more|
|Next year (2021)||October 15 (Friday)||Multiple dates - more|
|Last year (2019)||October 15 (Tuesday)||Multiple dates - more|