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Spooky Symphony, Pets, Pumpkins on Tap This Weekend

SPRINGFIELD, Mo. -- If you're looking for something Halloween related to do this weekend, two events in Springfield will appeal to a wide audience.
SPRINGFIELD, Mo. -- If you're looking for something Halloween related to do this weekend, two events in Springfield will appeal to a wide audience.

The Springfield Symphony will be putting on a free Halloween concert Saturday.
They're calling it the Spooky Symphony. If you go, you're encouraged to wear costumes and take part in the costume contest.
Tickets are free  and you can get them at the Symphony Box Office or the box office at Juanita K Hammons Hall.
The concert starts at 2:30.  See more information below.

And if your pets want in on the fun...the Pets and Pumpkins event on Commercial Street is also this weekend.
It features trick or treating for both kids and pets, as well as games and other activities.
The event is Saturday from noon to 5. The costume parade starts at 3:15.   See more information below

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The Spooky Symphony

SPRINGFIELD, Mo. - The Springfield Symphony invites children of all ages and their families to join them for The Spooky Symphony, a free Halloween concert, on Saturday, October 19 at 2:30 p.m. in the Juanita K. Hammons Hall for the Performing Arts.
            The orchestra, all dressed in their Halloween costumes, will be led by Maestro Kyle Wiley Pickett, and will feature performances of J.S. Bach's haunting Toccata in D Minor , Saint-Saens stirring Danse Macabre, Gounod's Funeral March of a Marionette, and many more.
            Concert attendees are welcome to wear Halloween costumes and join in the costume contest which will feature winners for Best Costume, Best Group Costumes, and Best Music-Themed Costume.  We will also hear the winning story of our local school-children's Spooky Story Contest read from the stage as the Orchestra plays spooky sounds to go along with it. 
The Springfield Fire Department will be present at this concert with a fire truck at 1:30 p.m. to speak with children on the importance of fire safety since October is National Fire Prevention Month.  Attendees can also look forward to the distribution of free cookies generously provided by the South Campbell Walmart Supercenter.      
Tickets are free and are currently available at the Springfield Symphony Office and can be reserved by calling 417-864-6683.  Tickets are also available at the Juanita K. Hammons Hall box office, and can be picked up in advance at 525 S. John Q. Hammons Parkway.
The concert is being sponsored by Kids Directory, Voss Autohaus, Merrill Lynch, and the South Campbell Walmart Supercenter. 
The Springfield Symphony Orchestra is a non-profit 501(c)(3) corporation and an Equal Opportunity Employer. Additional funding for all Springfield Symphony Orchestra programming is provided by the Missouri Arts Council, a state agency.  For more information, visit www.springfieldmosymphony.org        

6th Annual Pets & Pumpkins Festival
Biggest Kid and Pet Event in SWMO!
This year's Pets and Pumpkins Festival takes place on Saturday, October 19th from
12pm to 5pm. Families with kids AND pets won't want to miss this day of fun. Two blocks of Historic Commercial Street, between Robberson and Campbell, are sectioned off for the event, which includes, trick or treating (for both human and fur-kids), marshmallow roasting, inflatables, games, food, music and more. Bring your chairs and enjoy the entire day!
Pets and Pumpkins is also host to one of the largest costume parades in SW Missouri. Sponsored by TAME Pet Magazine, both pets and people are invited to enter the walking parade/contest.  Winners receive trophies and prizes for the following categories:  Best Pet/Owner Combo, Most Original, Funniest, Cutest, Scariest, and Judge's Overall Favorite. Parade line-up starts at 3:15pm in front of Big Momma's Coffee and Espresso Bar.
Pets and Pumpkins is a "Rain or Shine" event and the cost is $2.00 for kids (ages 2-16) and $2.00 for pets (fur-kids). With paid admission, attendees are given a wrist or collar band and can take part in ALL the activities at no cost. This includes the walking parade and costume contest!
NOTE: Adults and children under two are admitted free but WILL need to purchase a wristband ($2.00) to take part in the parade/costume contest.
Besides all the fun, one of the BEST things about Pets and Pumpkins is that money raised from the sale of wrist/collar bands is donated to local non-profit organizations. The event helps support organizations dedicated to saving the lives of homeless animals and working to educate the public about pet overpopulation.
The Pets and Pumpkins festival is held on Historic C-Street October 19 from 12-5pm. For event and vendor information email connie@tamepetmag.com or call 417.830.8121. For more information visit  http://www.itsalldowntown.com/petsandpumpkins

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