Cassandra Winward and Hank Zientak knew they wanted a “creepy” wedding, so when the opportunity arose to get married in a “haunted” hospital in West Virginia, they struck.
Even more sinister was the fact that Tony Moran – the actor who played Michael Myers in the original horror film “Halloween” from 1978 – would be in charge of the role.
Winward, 48, and Zientak, 51, of Philadelphia, were among 12 couples married by Moran at The Old Hospital on College Hill in Williamson the last weekend in September.
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Winward and Zientak got engaged in December 2020. Because of the coronavirus pandemic, they figured they would wait to get married in a year or two.
As fans of horror movies and Halloween, the couple considered tying ties on October 31, 2022, they told Fox News. But when Winward saw a leaflet on Facebook about The Old Hospital wedding in September, she went home and immediately showed Zientak. Moran’s officiating was the clincher.
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“I was just thinking, ‘Why wait to get married for Halloween when we could get married for’ Halloween? ‘,” He recalled. “I said I thought it was a great thing and we just made that decision right then and there to do it.”
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Grant and Kayla Butcher of Chapmanville, West Virginia, had a similar reaction.
Grant, 39, told Fox News he saw the information on Facebook while at work and immediately told Kayla, “We have to do this.”
He added: “I just thought it might be a chance that was just once in a lifetime and I would take it.”
Kayla, 31, said that even though she and Grant are “into creepy things,” they hadn’t really considered incorporating it into their wedding before seeing the Facebook post.
“When it came up, we were just like, ‘We have to do this,'” Kayla said. “We could not miss that opportunity.”
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The couple got engaged in May 2020. Like Winward and Zientak, they had postponed their wedding due to the pandemic.
The delay ended up being random for the butchers, Grant said, because they ended up being the first couple Moran married on Sept. 23.
“I love it honestly,” Kayla said. “Who can say they were married to Tony Moran in a haunted hospital?”
“I think some people can look at it [and say], ‘These people are crazy,’ but I mean, your wedding day should be fun and you should enjoy it, “she said.” And we both love the horror movie franchise, and it just worked out really well with us. “
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Two days after the butcher’s wedding, Zientak and Winward merged.
Winward told Fox News that her wedding day was “much better” than she had imagined.
Zientak added: “It was just unreal. It was the best.”
Both couples praised Moran’s handling of the wedding and described the actor as “down to earth”.
“He was absolutely amazing,” Zientak said.
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Tonya Webb, co-owner of The Old Hospital, told Fox News she was connected to Moran after one of his executives contacted Williamson’s Tourist Board to give them a list of actors who might be interested in coming to events at The Old Hospital. Moran was on the list.
“The original ‘Halloween’, the one from 1978, is my favorite movie of all time,” Webb said. “And when I saw his name on the list, I just could not help myself.”
Moran has returned to other events at the scene, she said.
The Old Hospital offers historic tours, paranormal tours and escape rooms. Weddings are a new addition, but the first 12 ceremonies in September were a “big hit,” Webb said.
The couple who spoke to Fox agreed.
“I can’t say this enough: it was just spectacular,” Zientak said.