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Cassandra Winward and Hank Zientak knew they wanted a “scary” wedding, so when the opportunity arose to get married in a “haunted” West Virginia hospital, they jumped at the chance.

Even scarier was the fact that Tony Moran – the actor who played Michael Myers in the original 1978 horror film “Halloween” – would officiate.

Winward, 48, and Zientak, 51, of Philadelphia, were among 12 couples married by Moran at Old Hospital in College Hill in Williamson on the last weekend in September.

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Winward and Zientak got engaged in December 2020. Due to the coronavirus pandemic, they figured they would wait a year or two to get married.

Cassandra Winward, 48, and Hank Zientak, 51, of Philadelphia, were one of 12 couples married by “Halloween” actor Tony Moran at Old Hospital in College Hill last month.
(Danny Strakal of Dark Hills Media)

As fans of horror and Halloween movies, the couple were planning to tie the knot on October 31, 2022, they told Fox News. But when Winward saw a flyer posted on Facebook about The Old Hospital weddings in September, she returned home and immediately pointed to Zientak. Moran’s arbitration was decisive.

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“I was like, ‘Why wait until we get married on Halloween when we could get married before’ Halloween? ‘” He recalls. “I said I thought it was a good thing, and we just made this decision on the spot 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 news on Facebook while at work and immediately told Kayla, “We have to do this.”

He added: “I just thought this might be a once in a lifetime opportunity, and I wanted to take it.”

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Grant and Kayla Butcher, of Chapmanville, West Virginia, were the first couple Moran married at the Old Hospital in September.
(Mark Anthony and Brittany Dean)

Kayla, 31, said that while she and Grant are “into scary stuff,” they hadn’t really considered incorporating it into their marriage until they saw the post on Facebook.

“When that happened, we were like, ‘We have to do this,’” Kayla said. “We couldn’t pass up this 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 fortuitous for the butchers, Grant said, as they ended up being the first couple Moran married on September 23.

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“I honestly love it,” Kayla told Fox News. “Who can say they got married to Tony Moran in a haunted hospital?”
(Mark Anthony and Brittany Dean)

“Honestly, I love it,” Kayla said. “Who can say they got married to Tony Moran in a haunted hospital?”

“I guess some people can watch it [and say], “These people are crazy,” but I mean, your wedding day is supposed to be fun and you’re supposed to enjoy it, ”she said.“ And we both love movie franchises. horror and it worked really well with us. . “

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Two days after Butcher’s wedding, Zientak and Winward got married.

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.”

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“Have Tony Moran [officiate] in this beautiful, spooky hospital… it was much better than I ever thought it would be, ”Winward told Fox.
(Danny Strakal of Dark Hills Media)

Both couples praised Moran’s handling of the wedding, describing 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 connected with Moran after one of her managers contacted Williamson’s tourist office to give them a list of actors who could be interested in attending events at The Ancien Hôpital. Moran was on that list.

“The original ‘Halloween’ from 1978 is my all-time favorite movie,” said Webb. “And when I saw his name on the list, I couldn’t help myself.”

Moran returned for other events at the site, she said.

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The Former College Hill Hospital in Williamson, West Virginia offers historical tours, paranormal tours, escape rooms, and now, weddings.
(Courtesy of the Old College Hill Hospital)

The old hospital offers historical tours, paranormal tours and escape rooms. Weddings are new, but the first 12 ceremonies in September were “a huge success,” Webb said.

The couples who spoke to Fox agreed.

“I can’t say it enough: it was just spectacular,” Zientak said.

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