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County clerks offer couples ‘scare-amony’ Halloween weddings

Nothing says “I love you, let’s make it official” like being married by a zombie or the Little Mermaid.

That’s why the Contra Costa County Clerk-Recorder is once again offering its popular Halloween wedding “scare-amony” service. For couples wanting to make a lifelong commitment officiated by a costumed staff member, ceremonies will be held from 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. on Halloween.

The final list of characters who will officiate will not be available until Halloween, but past costumes have included a witch, a pirate, the Little Mermaid, Little Red Riding Hood, Rosie the Riveter and many more, according to the clerk-recorder’s office.

Clerk-Recorder Joe Canciamilla said:

“We try to offer special venues to give our couples an experience they’ll never forget.” 

“It’s going to be a wickedly good time.”

For couples that prefer a more conventional ceremony, deputy commissioners in classic robes will also be available.

There has a long tradition of couples coming to the office to get married while in costume, bringing along guests in costume as well, according to the clerk-recorder.

Contra Costa County Clerk-Recorder's Office The Contra Costa County Clerk-Recorder in Martinez, Calif. will once again offer Halloween day weddings where couples can choose to say “I do” in ceremonies performed by costumed staff.

Several years ago, a couple saw a Clerk-Recorder staff member in costume and requested that person officiate their wedding.

Starting in 2013, it became the office norm to give customers the option to have costumed officiants on Halloween.

In addition to ceremonies, there will be some Halloween-themed decor inside the office and one of the Clerk-Recorder ceremony rooms. The Clerk-Recorder’s office will have some other tricks and treats for visitors as well.

To make a wedding appointment or for more information, visit

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