County Clerk’s Office officiating ‘scaremonies’ on Halloween

County Clerk’s Office officiating ‘scaremonies’ on Halloween
Photo courtesy of the Contra Costa County Clerk-Recorder Office.

By Kathy Chouteau

“Scaremonies” are set for 18 couples on Halloween, Tues., Oct. 31, at the Contra Costa County Clerk’s office in Martinez.

The scaremonies will be performed by a costumed County Clerk staffer between 8:20 a.m. and 3:20 p.m. that day. The office said that couples and guests sometimes also opt to don costumes for the holiday wedding ceremonies. However, staff can also conduct the ceremonies in robes if preferred.

Clerk-Recorder and Commissioner of Civil Marriages, Kristin Connelly said that their team enjoy Halloween and that the scaremonies offer a unique opportunity to celebrate with their customers. She said the staff is “looking forward to providing a thrilling experience on Halloween for couples who want a wedding ceremony that they won’t forget.”

Interested in having a scaremony of your own? A limited number of wedding ceremony appointments are still available. Couples can call the Clerk-Recorder’s Office A.S.A.P. at (925) 335-7900.

Note that a marriage license must be obtained before the ceremony can be performed, and couples can do so at the County Clerk-Recorder’s office in Martinez. A public marriage license is $86, while a confidential license is $90. The civil marriage ceremony fee is $60.

The Contra Costa County Clerk’s office is located at 555 Escobar St. in Martinez. For more info on marriage licenses and ceremony services, click here.