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Suzuki Spooks, creepy-crawlies, musical Trick-or-Treaters, a dead composer whodunit, and The Simpsons come to life (musically) Sunday October 28 at 3 pm in the Schuster Center

On Sunday October 28 at 3 pm in the Schuster Center, the area’s largest musical Halloween celebration, PhilharMonster, returns once more. Music Director Neal Gittleman leads a costumed Dayton Philharmonic Orchestra through a program that begins with Leonard Bernstein’s Overture to Candide, followed by Wendel’s Trick or Treat. Then, the DPO performs Lemony Snicket’s The Composer is Dead, a mystery put to music by composer Nathanial Stookey. There’s a Yankee Doodle Sing-Along and even Elfman’s Theme to The Simpsons. Of course, our mischievous Music Director Neal Gittleman will continue his tradition of on-stage Halloween hilarity when he shows up as… oops, we can’t say. It’s a surprise. The fun continues when the Orchestra musicians stage their own costume contest.

Area Susuki String students, in costume, will perform in the Schuster Wintergarden at 2 pm. Plus, Boonshoft Museum of Discovery personnel will be on hand with live creepy-crawlies. Come and join in the DPO’s annual costume contest at 2:30 pm. Contestants can win tickets to the Music Man National City SuperPops concert performance on Feb. 22 or 23, 2008! All costume contest entrants will receive a 2-for-1 Admission Coupon from Boonshoft Museum of Discovery. There are four divisions: Age 1-5, Age 6-8, Age 9-12, and Age 13-adult. First prizes and runner-ups in each division receive tickets for family of four to Music Man. Contest info at 224-3521.

Single Ticket Prices: $8 kids / $10 students / $14 seniors / $16 adults

In conjunction with PhilharMonster, Times Community Newspapers will hold a Pumpkin Carving/Decorating Contest on Saturday, October 27 at two area Kroger stores: 855 Union Road in Englewood and Dorthy Lane/Woodman Road in Kettering. Pumpkin drop-off for the Englewood Kroger is at 10 am with judging at 11 am; drop-off for the Kettering Kroger is at 11 am with judging at 12 noon. Dayton Philharmonic Orchestra Music Director Neal Gittleman will be a judge at each store. To be eligible, contestants’ pumpkins must be fully carved/decorated before drop-off. There are four divisions: Age 1-5, Age 6-8, Age 9-12, and Age 13-adult. The first-, second-, and third-place winners at each store (in each division) will receive tickets for their entire family to the PhilharMonster concert on Sunday, October 28.