Happy Halloween!

Although I couldn’t find any Halloween photos on the CSU Archives & Special Collections website (and the few on the city Archive were a bit too small), I still came across several instances of students (and faculty) dressing up in costumes for various events.

May Fête

The May Fête was a women’s dance pageant. 

This photo of King Cole is from the 1928 May Fete (5/5/1928). The king's pages are bringing him his pipe and bowl. (The description that comes with the photo in the CSU Archives is clear to point out that all three characters are played by women.)

This photo of King Cole is from the 1928 May Fête (5/5/1928). The king’s pages are bringing “him” his pipe and bowl.  (CSU Archives & Special Collections)

This photo is also from a May Fete, although from a different year (and not exactly in May)... April 25, 1929.

This photo is also from a May Fête, although from a different year (and not exactly in May)… April 25, 1929. (CSU Archives & Special Collections)

 

Co-ed Prom

This description of the Co-ed Prom is from the 1925 Silver Spruce (Colorado Aggie yearbook).

There is at least one time that the girls demonstrate their independence of man in a social way. It is at the Co-ed Prom, an annual event of each collegiate year. During this night of revelry all Aggie girls are playmates. Striking costumes and make-ups always add to the spirit of the occasion. It is sometimes hinted that even the functions of Paris could show no more variety. Generally each class prepares a stunt in which the versatile abilities of the girls shine forth. Occasionally some few envious persons outside the category of guests have peered down on the merriment. However, last year Dean Johnson and Dr. Lory were on the ground early to persuade this self invited masculine element that it was classed as undesirable. As it is a feminine Mecca, reports to the outside world nec- essarily come from the girls themselves.

This photo of two girls dressed in oriental costumes and two in native American attire is from the 1931 Co-ed Prom. (1/3/1931. CSU Archives & Special Collections)

This photo of two girls dressed in oriental costumes and two in native American attire is from the 1931 Co-ed Prom. (1/3/1931 – CSU Archives & Special Collections)

This co-ed prom picture makes you wonder if it was taken in summer or winter. These girls were photographed on February 9, 1934. (CSU Archives & Special Collections)

This co-ed prom picture makes you wonder if it was taken in summer or winter. These girls were photographed on February 9, 1934. (CSU Archives & Special Collections)

 

Ancient and International Order of Hobos

At this point you might be thinking that only the gals dressed up in costumes back in the day. But I did manage to find this photo of the "Ancient and International Order of Hobos." There's no explanation of what that was on the Archive description, so we'll just have to leave it up to the imagination. (7/17/1934 CSU Archives & Special Collections)

At this point you might be thinking that only the gals dressed up in costumes back in the day. But I did manage to find this photo of the “Ancient and International Order of Hobos.” There’s no explanation of what that was on the Archive description, so we’ll just have to leave it up to the imagination. (7/17/1934 – CSU Archives & Special Collections)

 

Faculty at a Masquerade

The faculty dressed up on occasion as well. This photo is from a masquerade. (11/9/1931 CSU Archives & Special Collections)

The faculty dressed up on occasion as well. This photo is from a masquerade. (11/9/1931 – CSU Archives & Special Collections)

 

Sources for this article:

All photos were taken from the CSU Archives & Special Collections website.

I found the quote from the 1925 Silver Spruce Yearbook on a site called e-yearbook.com.

Information on the May Fete was hard to find. But I located a mention of it in this homecoming anniversary page on the CSU website.