National Frankenstein Friday

National Frankenstein Friday, also sometimes known simply as Frankenstein Friday, is a holiday that falls on the last Friday in October. This holiday pays homage to Mary Shelley, the creator of “Frankenstein, or, The Modern Prometheus.” Since its creation, people have enjoyed the tragic story of Doctor Frankenstein and the creature he created. Over the years, there have been countless Frankenstein movie adaptations, from 1910’s Frankenstein to 2015’s Victor Frankenstein. It’s no wonder that a holiday has been created so that everyone can enjoy this classic tale, and it’s no surprise that this holiday was established right before Halloween.

Fun Facts About Mary Shelley

Since Frankenstein is the brainchild of Mary Shelley, we thought it would be appropriate to list some facts that we’ve learned about her. We think the following facts will be an interesting read for anyone interested in her seminal horror novel.

  • Mary Shelley published Frankenstein in 1818.
  • She was 18 years old when she wrote it and was 21 when it was published.
  • The inspiration for Frankenstein came from a nightmare she had.
  • Frankenstein is considered to be an early example of science fiction.

Observing National Frankenstein Friday

People can observe this holiday in several different ways. First, they can take the time to read Mary Shelley’s excellent book. In fact, we would highly recommend that everyone read her book—a task that’s easy to do because it has since fallen into the public domain. Another way to celebrate this holiday is by watching one of the many Frankenstein films. Of course, if you want, you can always use this holiday as a “warm-up” for the Halloween season as well. While celebrating this holiday, don’t forget to use the hashtag #NationalFrankensteinFriday on your social media accounts to spread the word about it.

When is it?
This year (2024)
October 25 Friday
Next year (2025)
October 31 Friday
Last year (2023)
October 27 Friday
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