Celebrate Halloween early with a frightfully fun family tradition

The Dayton Philharmonic Orchestra presents its annual Halloween treat "Philharmonster." The program is designed for young families.

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The Dayton Philharmonic Orchestra presents its annual Halloween treat "Philharmonster." The program is designed for young families. Submitted photo.

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Kids of all ages are welcomed to enjoy the spooky fun and surprises in store at the Dayton Philharmonic Orchestra's annual PhilharMonster Halloween concert Sunday, Oct. 20.

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Dressed as Spiderman, Neal Gittleman conducts the Dayton Philharmonic's annual PhilharMonster Concert Saturday, Oct. 30, at the Schuster Center.

Credit: Chris Stewart

Dressed as Spiderman, Neal Gittleman conducts the Dayton Philharmonic's annual PhilharMonster Concert Saturday, Oct. 30, at the Schuster Center.
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Dressed as Spiderman, Neal Gittleman conducts the Dayton Philharmonic's annual PhilharMonster Concert Saturday, Oct. 30, at the Schuster Center.

Credit: Chris Stewart

Credit: Chris Stewart

Here’s what to expect at one of Dayton’s most beloved Halloween celebrations for children (and families):

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The Dayton Philharmonic Orchestra warms up before its 14th annual PhilharMonster Halloween Concert on Sunday, Oct. 28, 2007 at the Schuster Center in Dayton, Ohio.

Credit: Apryl Pilolli

The Dayton Philharmonic Orchestra warms up before its 14th annual PhilharMonster Halloween Concert on Sunday, Oct. 28, 2007 at the Schuster Center in Dayton, Ohio.
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The Dayton Philharmonic Orchestra warms up before its 14th annual PhilharMonster Halloween Concert on Sunday, Oct. 28, 2007 at the Schuster Center in Dayton, Ohio.

Credit: Apryl Pilolli

Credit: Apryl Pilolli

THE MUSIC

The Family Series program. led by Artistic Director and Conducter Neal Gittleman, will include Adam Glaser’s “March of the Little Goblins” (featuring a procession of costumed DPO musicians), John Williams’ Parade of the Ewoks,” Michael Schelle’s “VIRUS/This is Not Going to End Well,” Hector Berlioz’s “Ballet of the Sylphs” from “The Damnation of the Feast,” and Igor Stravinsky’s “Firebird Suite.”

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The Dayton Philharmonic Orchestra's annual PhilharMonster Halloween Concert, conducted by DPO Music Director Neal Gittleman and featuring narration by Annie Pesch, will be held Oct. 20 at the Schuster Center. CONTRIBUTED

The Dayton Philharmonic Orchestra's annual PhilharMonster Halloween Concert, conducted by DPO Music Director Neal Gittleman and featuring narration by Annie Pesch, will be held Oct. 20 at the Schuster Center. CONTRIBUTED
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The Dayton Philharmonic Orchestra's annual PhilharMonster Halloween Concert, conducted by DPO Music Director Neal Gittleman and featuring narration by Annie Pesch, will be held Oct. 20 at the Schuster Center. CONTRIBUTED

Wright State University alumna Annie Pesch, who most recently starred in a reading of Los Angeles-based playwright Desiree York’s one-woman drama “Fractured” at the Dayton Playhouse, will narrate “Firebird Suite” as adapted by DPO Music Director Neal Gittleman.

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Mollie Steen, 6, of Beavercreek wins a first place in the 6-year-old to 9-year-old class for her piano costume at the Dayton Philharmonic Orchestra's annual PhilharMonster Concert and costume contest Saturday, Oct. 30, 2010, at the Schuster Center.

Credit: Jan Underwood

Mollie Steen, 6, of Beavercreek wins a first place in the 6-year-old to 9-year-old class for her piano costume at the Dayton Philharmonic Orchestra's annual PhilharMonster Concert and costume contest Saturday, Oct. 30, 2010, at the Schuster Center.
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Mollie Steen, 6, of Beavercreek wins a first place in the 6-year-old to 9-year-old class for her piano costume at the Dayton Philharmonic Orchestra's annual PhilharMonster Concert and costume contest Saturday, Oct. 30, 2010, at the Schuster Center.

Credit: Jan Underwood

Credit: Jan Underwood

COSTUME CONTEST AND ACTIVITIES

All guests are encouraged to wear a costume. In particular, there will be a costume parade before the performance and during the show the audience will have the chance to vote on the best musician costume.

Activities for kids begin at 2 p.m. in the Wintergarden of the Schuster with crafts, treats, a scavenger hunt, a costume parade, and an instrument petting zoo.

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Grace Bradley, 6, of Centerville plays with the Spooky Suzuki Strings before the Dayton Philharmonic Orchestra performed its 14th annual PhilharMonster Halloween Concert on Sunday, Oct. 28, 2007 at the Schuster Center in Dayton, Ohio.

Credit: Apryl Pilolli

Grace Bradley, 6, of Centerville plays with the Spooky Suzuki Strings before the Dayton Philharmonic Orchestra performed its 14th annual PhilharMonster Halloween Concert on Sunday, Oct. 28, 2007 at the Schuster Center in Dayton, Ohio.
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Grace Bradley, 6, of Centerville plays with the Spooky Suzuki Strings before the Dayton Philharmonic Orchestra performed its 14th annual PhilharMonster Halloween Concert on Sunday, Oct. 28, 2007 at the Schuster Center in Dayton, Ohio.

Credit: Apryl Pilolli

Credit: Apryl Pilolli

WANT TO GO?

What: PhilharMonster

When: 2 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 20 (concert begins at 3 p.m.)

Where: Schuster Center, 1 W. Second St., Dayton.

Cost: Tickets are $22 for adults and $14 for children.

More info: For tickets or more information, call Ticket Center Stage at (937) 228-3630 or visit daytonperformingarts.org.

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Lily Knorr, 8, (left) and Beth DeLon, 9, both of Oakwood, stand in line for judging in the costume contest before the Dayton Philharmonic Orchestra's annual PhilharMonster Concert Saturday, Oct. 30, at the Schuster Center.

Credit: Jan Underwood

Lily Knorr, 8, (left) and Beth DeLon, 9, both of Oakwood, stand in line for judging in the costume contest before the Dayton Philharmonic Orchestra's annual PhilharMonster Concert Saturday, Oct. 30, at the Schuster Center.
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Lily Knorr, 8, (left) and Beth DeLon, 9, both of Oakwood, stand in line for judging in the costume contest before the Dayton Philharmonic Orchestra's annual PhilharMonster Concert Saturday, Oct. 30, at the Schuster Center.

Credit: Jan Underwood

Credit: Jan Underwood

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