Sandoval County is hosting a Hallowedding event for couples looking to get hitched on Halloween Day!

Probate Judge Charles Christmann is dusting off his cape and mask to marry couples during this Halloween themed event, at no cost to the couple getting married. Plus, as an added bonus, the event will be held at Sandoval County’s beautiful El Zócalo Plaza Visitor and Event Center . The location will be decorated in classic Halloween flair so there’s no decorating work for the happy couples and also no charge.

Judge Christmann wants to have fun at this event and really cater to those couples who love Halloween as much as he does. Costumes are encouraged, but not mandatory. See below for the Hallowedding event details and learn how you can reserve your time slot to get married on Oct. 31.


Hallowedding Format

Couples participating in the Hallowedding event will be married in groups of 5 couples and in 20 minute increments between the hours of 1:30 p.m. to 4 p.m. on Wednesday, Oct. 31, 2018.

Guests are permitted, but must be noted on the registration form. The only cost to the couple is the cost of the marriage license which must be purchased at the Sandoval County Clerk’s Office for $25 prior to the ceremony. Couples are responsible for providing witnesses who must be 18 years of age or older. Please arrive a little early for your scheduled time slot as it will be a very busy day. Make sure you bring all of the required items with you to the ceremony. *Note: Rehearsals will not be permitted. Couples do not need to live in Sandoval County to participate in the Hallowedding.

What To Bring

Couples participating in the Hallowedding event MUST bring the following with them to the ceremony on Oct. 31:


Hallowedding Venue

The Hallowedding event will take place at Sandoval County’s El Zócalo Plaza Visitor and Event Center in Bernalillo. El Zócalo is truly a meeting place of historic proportions—a refurbished 135-year-old convent with up-to-date amenities. Almost 2,400 square feet of meeting space embraced in thick adobe walls and brick floors, as well as outside and inside spaces to meet event space needs. A courtyard with grass accents and fountains, as well as the adjacent plaza, provide guests with even more breathing room. El Zócalo is a meeting space that is away from the hustle and bustle of the city.

Sandoval County’s Historic Convent Event Center
El Zócalo Plaza – Making Memories from History 
264 S. Camino del Pueblo
Bernalillo, New Mexico 87004

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The El Zócalo Plaza Visitor and Event Center is conveniently located near I-25 and Highway 550. El Zócalo is only minutes from Albuquerque, Bernalillo and Rio Rancho in Sandoval County.

Hallowedding Registration

To register to participate in the 2018 Hallowedding event in Sandoval County, simply fill out the registration form by clicking on the registration image to the right or by clicking here. The registration form will ask for basic information including:

  • Couple names
  • Witness names (if you haven’t picked witnesses yet, write TBD)
  • Number of guests (please limit to a maximum of 10 per couple)
  • Preferred ceremony time
  • Contact email address
  • Contact phone number

Once the Probate Office receives your registration form, they will contact you to confirm. Please note, preferred ceremony times are not guaranteed as ceremony space is on a first come, first served basis. However, our staff will do their best to accommodate your request. Walk-ins with all required documentation will be accepted if space permits.


Hallowedding FAQs

Yes. The Sandoval County Probate Judge is a licensed officiant in the State of New Mexico. All wedding ceremonies performed at the Hallowedding event are official and legal.
No. Couples may dress in a way that make them feel special on their wedding day.

However, it’s important to note that costumes are encouraged at this Halloween themed event and the probate judge will be in costume. In addition, the decor will also be Halloween themed and other couples in your ceremony group may be in costume.

The only fee to participate in the Hallowedding is the cost of the marriage license, which is $25.

Marriage licenses can be purchased at the Sandoval County Clerk’s Office. It is strongly recommended that you purchase this license at least a week prior to the Hallowedding Event.

Learn more about how to purchase your marriage license at the Sandoval County Clerk’s Office website.

The Hallowedding event will marry couples in groups of five. That means your scheduled ceremony will have four other couples. The Probate Judge will do a group ceremony introduction and close. But the individual vows will be one-on-one with each couple in a group setting.
Yes. We do ask that you limit your guests to no more than 10 people per couple. We will have limited seating for those who are not able to stand during the 20 minute ceremony. If any of your guests need special accommodations, please be sure to let the Probate Office staff know when they call to confirm your registration and ceremony time slot.
No. The Hallowedding event is just a wedding ceremony event. There will not be a scheduled reception for participating couples. There will be photo opportunities at the event location so the couples can take pictures to remember their special day.

However, the El Zócalo Plaza Visitor and Event Center is happy to work with couples who would like to schedule a reception on this day or any day. There is a fee for this service that would be paid to El Zócalo. To learn more, contact them at: (505) 867-8687 or visit their website.

Yes, the El Zócalo Plaza Visitor and Event Center is working to have the courtyard space available for photos. This space will be available immediately following each group of wedding ceremonies. The space will be shared, so please be kind to your fellow couples and take turns utilizing the beautiful fountain and fireplace backdrop for photos.
Yes, the Hallowedding ceremony space will be decorated in ghoulish grandeur and in Fall flair.

Sandoval County is so excited to have the Master Gardener’s Program come on board to assist with some of the decorations.

Click here to learn more about the Master Gardener’s Program.

The Probate Office Clerk is happy to type in the information for the backside of your marriage license. She will be available to handle this service on the day of the Hallowedding event. However, to speed things up, it is recommended that you swing by the Probate Office right after you pick up your marriage license from the County Clerk’s Office (they are across the atrium from one another). This way the information can be typed in ahead of time and you can ask any questions you may have about the Hallowedding event.