October 15, 2014

Omaha Symphony’s Halloween Shows + Giveaway

The Omaha Symphony is getting into the Halloween spirit this season, presenting two shows themed around Halloween. I’m pretty psyched about both of them – but I have to tell you, the second one is a perfect show for the whole family. 

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The first one is “Scary Movie Music” this Saturday. You’ll hear the thrilling, chilling music from “Beetlejuice,” “Bride of Frankenstein,” “Harry Potter,” “The Rocky Horror Picture Show” and more. Cool, right?

This isn’t for youngsters, mind you. There won’t be any visuals accompanying the songs, but given the titles of some of the movies included, you’ll be replaying scary scenes in your head as the music is played.

You’re encouraged to come in costume. This would be a fun night out with friends!

The show you’ll want to bring your kids to see: 

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On Sunday, Oct. 26, families will want to attend the annual “Symphony Spooktacular.”

This year, magician Keith West will be a part of the show!

Magician Keith Brandy will be in the Omaha Symphony's "Symphony Spooktacular" on Oct. 26, 2014, at the Holland Center.

Magician Keith West and his assistant will be in the Omaha Symphony’s “Symphony Spooktacular” on Oct. 26, 2014, at the Holland Center.


I brought both kids last year (they were 2 and almost 4 at the time) and it was fun! Read my review and see instrument petting zoo pictures here.

The show starts at 2 p.m., but you want to arrive early to enjoy the hands-on activities in the lobby. Kids are encouraged to wear costumes, after all, the musicians will be in costumes, too. There will be a little trick or treating following the show. 

The Spooktacular is part of the Omaha Symphony’s Family series, kid-friendly shows in the daytime (LOVE that) that are short enough for most attention spans. I find toddlers will need a break before the end of the show, though. Each show that I’ve attended have been engaging and entertaining without dumbing a single thing down for kids. My 4-year-old has sat through every one he’s attended.


If you go

“Scary Movie Music”

When: Saturday, Oct. 18, 7:30 p.m.

Where: Holland Performing Arts Center, 1200 Douglas St., Keiwit Hall

Purchase tickets


“Symphony Spooktacular”

When: Sunday, Oct. 26, 2 p.m. (Tip: Arrive early and pick seats before doing the activities. If you have a young kid, you’ll want an aisle seat for easy exits)

Where: Holland Performing Arts Center, 1200 Douglas St., Keiwit Hall

Purchase tickets



Want to see “Symphony Spooktacular”? Omaha Symphony has provided four tickets for one lucky reader to attend the show on Oct. 26! Giveaway ends Wednesday, Oct. 22, at 11:59 p.m. Prize is valued at $48.

Enter using the Rafflecopter form below:
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Disclaimer: I was not compensated by Omaha Symphony for writing this post. Omaha Symphony provided the giveaway tickets. All thoughts and opinions are my own.



  1. It would for hubs and I to b farmers and kids be animals since our last name is McDonald. You know the old ‘old Macdonald had a farm’

  2. Jill neeley says

    Hmm…. The different flavors/ colors of m&ms!

  3. Last year as a family we were the Batman, Robin, and Cat women.

  4. Dorothy, Tin Man, and Scarecrow from Wizard of Oz

  5. So excited to attend this, I’ve been trying to get family and friends to come with me. Fun!!!

  6. Maxine Nunez says

    If my kids had any say we’d be characters from Star Wars.

  7. Star Wars characters

  8. I think it’d be fun to dress up as the Croods

  9. We’d go as Zombies. My husband participated in the Benson’s Zombie Walk a few times. For some reason he thinks you have to go as something scary. I think you have to go as something that isn’t yourself – whatever that may be.

  10. If I got to pick we would go as characters from the Wizard of Oz.

  11. My daughter (7 years old) would have us all be cats.

  12. Myself, my husband, my son and my baby daughter are going as the teenage mutant ninja turtles this year 🙂

  13. Jessy Tarumoto says


  14. What a fun date night with my husband!!

  15. Janis Otterson says

    From the movie Hocus Pocus

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