1. What’s a good movie for October that has nothing to do with monsters or Halloween?
For me anytime of the month is great for watching classic science fiction movies such as "Star Wars", "Star Trek" and legions of others. Of course several do have monsters. So to not include anything remotely connected to monsters or sci-fi, I consulted this list (http://www.townandcountrymag.com/leisure/arts-and-culture/reviews/g844/classic-fall-movies/) for a few suggestions. Two that come to mind that fit the fall / October season for me that I like are "Rudy" (the football movie) and one of your favorites, "The Breakfast Club".
2. What’s a good couple of songs for October that have nothing to do with monsters or Halloween?
At the top of my stack would be John Lennon's "Imagine". Why? Lennon was born on October 9, 1940. The song also hit its peak on the charts and radio airplay in the fall of 1971. Other songs that I associate with October that are non-Halloween include:
* Where Evil Grows - The Poppy Family (1971)
* Everything is Coming Our Way - Santana (1972)
* Straight On - Heart (1978)
* Magic - The Cars (1984)
* Desert Moon - Dennis DeYoung (1984)
* Like The Weather - 10,000 Maniacs (1987)
3. What are some reasons to love October?
Generally I don't "love" a month over any other. Whatever comes around in a given month, goes around, only to come back next year. Perhaps the thing I like the most about October which is not unique to that month alone, is that it is one of 7 months that have 31 days in it. So it gives you a slightly longer time before you have to pay next month's bills.
4. Radio stations sometimes call this month Rocktober, doing special playlists or giveaways in celebration of rock music. What would be a better rhyming name for this month, and how might it be celebrated?
How about "Cartober", a month to celebrate the automobile! The obvious way to celebrate is to have car shows all around the nation on a specific day and a national weekend to go out and drive your car for a leisurely ride.
5. What would be a good holiday to establish in October for those U.S. states not commemorating Columbus Day?
From the National Day Calendar website here are suggested October holidays that I would consider adopting for states not commemorating Columbus Day.
October 5 - National Get Funky Day (just missed that one)
October 9 - National Pro-Life Cupcake Day
October 15 - National I Love Lucy Day
October 18 - National Chocolate Cupcake Day
October 23 - iPod Day
October 28 - National Chocolate Day
October 29 - National Cat Day