We love holidays at YMCA of the Rockies! With Halloween around the corner, we wanted to offer up some really neat, last minute ideas for your costume! Instead of the typical Halloween characters, why not relate it to the history of the Rocky Mountain National Park? Here are a few historical characters to go as this year. They are sure to turn heads and get people asking you a lot of questions. Why not give someone a history lesson?
Side not: These costumes are inherently hipster… but let’s be honest, these guys were cool before it was cool to be cool.
John Muir: He was an naturalist and early advocate of wilderness preservation. He petitioned the U.S. Congress for the National Park bill that was passed in 1890. He is today referred to as the “Father of the National Parks.” (He later inspired the guy below – Enos Mills) Costume Idea: Wear just your suit pants and jacket with a white collared shirt underneath. Grad a wide brim hat…and you’re now a spitting image of John Muir! Bonus points if you have some scuffed-up boots.
Enos Mills: He was an American naturalist and homesteader. He was the main figure behind the creation of Rocky Mountain National Park. At age 14, he made his first ascent up Longs Peak. Over the course of his life, he made the trip 40 times by himself and nearly 300 additional times as a guide. Costume Ideas: Wear your nice suit and mess up your hair!
Isabella Bird: She lived in Estes Park, CO and resided at Griff Evans’ Cottage Camp on Fish Creek. She went exploring throughout the Estes Park valley and even to the heights of Longs Peak. She became the second woman ever known to climb Longs Peak. She later wrote a book titled, “A Lady’s Life in the Rocky Mountains” and was an integral part in the interest and establishment of national parks. Costume Ideas: Head to your local vintage store and try to find a longer coat, preferably with wide arms. Grab a silky scarf and tie it into a bow. Bonus points if you can find a vintage head wrap or make one!
Elizabeth & Esther Burnell: These sisters came to Estes Park in the summer of 1916. They worked with Enos Mills to take the nature examination course and became two of the very few women to ever lead hikes into Rocky Mountain National Park. They became licensed by Rocky Mountain National Park as nature guides. Later on, Esther married Enos Mills and helped him operate Longs Peak Inn. Costume Ideas: Try to resemble a vintage hiking guide in the early 1900s. Wear brown colored pants and shirt. It’s great if you can accessorize with a backpack, walking stick and hat!
F.O. Stanley: Freelan Oscar Stanley was an American businessman, co-founder of the Stanley Motor Carriage Company which built the Stanley Steamer, and owner of the famous Stanley Hotel in Estes Park. Costume Ideas: Wear a business suit! Preferably something made out of wool will work for the suit. If you can find a vintage newsboy cap, wear that too!