By Jessie Wagoner
Halloween festivities looked different this year for Molly Anderson and Casey Burke of McPherson. The couple, who have been together for eight years, usually enjoy a huge Halloween party with family and friends. This year, the party was smaller, but Anderson and Burke surprised guests with their costumes and a wedding.
The couple, dressed as an undead bride and groom, surprised the small number of attendees when they announced they were actually having a wedding, not just playing a part.
“A few people didn’t believe it,” Anderson said. “They thought we were joking and didn’t realize we were really having a ceremony.”
Not everyone was surprised, Anderson’s mom was in on it and knew the wedding was happening.
“We usually have a big Halloween party at my mom’s, at a house that has been in our family for generations,” Anderson said. “So it was nice to be able to have the wedding there, and my mom was happy. She knows Casey and I didn’t want a traditional wedding, so she was happy with this.”
Over the years, the couple knew they wanted to be married, but the idea of a wedding seemed daunting. The stress of planning and organizing a large event seemed to take the fun and joy out of process for the pair. In spite of their apprehension about planning a wedding, they decided at the beginning of the year that a wedding was happening in 2020. Then COVID-19 happened, throwing another wrench in their plans.
With COVID-19 precautions in mind, the Halloween wedding made even more sense to the pair. They could keep the size small, avoiding planning and logistical nightmares and still have a wedding to remember.
“It was nice to just have a low-stress, fun wedding, especially during COVID,” Anderson said. “When COVID-19 is no longer a concern in McPherson, we will have a big party with all our friends and family. Until then, we are very happy with this, and we are married.”
McPherson County Clerk Hollie Melroy performed the spooky ceremony. She had performed a wedding for Anderson’s sister previously. The bride wore a blood-soaked white wedding gown, while the groom appeared in a tattered and bloody sport coat.
“We will be able to have some really fun anniversary parties in the future,” Anderson said.