County Clerk’s Office to officiate ‘Scaremonies’ on Halloween

County Clerk's Office to officiate 'scaremonies' on Halloween
Clerk Recorder staff dressed in costume posing for a picture in a ceremony room. (Photo courtesy of the Clerk's Office)

If getting married isn’t scary enough, 22 couples plan to do so on Halloween.

On Monday, the Contra Costa County Clerk’s Office will marry those couples as part of a unique tradition of performing “Scaremonies” on Halloween.

Clerk staff in costume officiate “Scaremonies” for interested couples at the Contra Costa County Clerk’s office at 555 Escobar Street in Martinez. Some couples and their guests dress in costume, as well.

Monday’s Scaremonies will be performed between 8:30 a.m. and 3:30 p.m. All appointments are pre-booked. 

“Our staff is excited to be a part of this fun day,” Clerk-Recorder Debi Cooper said.   “Customers, couples, and our staff look-forward to and enjoy this event every year.”

A marriage license must be obtained prior to the ceremony for a fee of $86, while a confidential license is $90. The civil marriage ceremony fee is $60.

For information about marriage licenses and ceremony services, visit or call the office at 925-335-7900 Monday through Friday between the hours of 8:00 a.m. and 4:30 p.m.

Newly married couple posing with staff member in Joker costume.