Hutchinson Halloween's haunts and chaos stood still at the Reno County Courthouse's third floor Friday afternoon as Cameron Stapleton, 23, dressed in a black shirt with a painted-on tuxedo, waited to pledge eternal love to his fiancee, Crystal Mann, 19.
Mann said they wanted to marry on a day that most people wouldn't think of.
And it's Stapleton's favorite holiday.
"It's the least stressful," he said.
The door to the courtroom opened, and Judge Tim Chambers was ready to begin the ceremony.
The bride's 4-month-old cousin, Christopher Avery, hopped in his family's arms dressed as the Winnie the Pooh character Tigger.
Not to be outdone, the bride's nephew, Deryk Lyon, 1, dressed as Superman - or "Superbaby," as the family called him - flew in his dad's arms.
The groom's mother, Charlotte Keller, also obliged, attending the ceremony wearing her jack-o'-lantern shirt. She couldn't find her cow costume, she said.
"It's the only Halloween shirt I have," she said.
Dressing up, Keller hoped, would ease Stapleton's wedding-day nerves, and it seemed to work when Stapleton announced his orange-clad mother's arrival.
Keller said at first she was reluctant about the two getting married on Halloween, but she's happy now.
"I'm glad he can find someone he can spend the rest of his life with," she said. "Someone who can take care of him."