Be prepared to erase all previous notions of classical music being “sweet,” because the Utah Symphony is fully ready to expose you to some of the spookiest classical pieces ever written in “Halloween Hi-Jinks: The Haunted Hall” on Oct. 30.

Complete with prizes for the costume contest, musical storytelling and festive symphonic melodies, this performance is the perfect way to celebrate Halloween with the whole family.

A variety of popular songs from symphonic composers will be featured at this haunting event, such as Hector Berlioz's eerie “Witches' Sabbath” and “March to the Gillotine,” Grieg's familiar “In the Hall of the Mountain King” as well as Igor Stravinsky's “The Firebird.”

If the music isn't enough to entice you, come for the other parts of the program, including a musical storytelling of interfering, ghostly visitors, and last but not least, the traditional Halloween costume contest.

The costume contest has become a big part of the concert and will begin in the lobby of Abravanel at 5:30 p.m., before the concert begins. The contest has grown in popularity over the past 22 years, known for its exciting prizes. Three lucky winners chosen by judges from adult, child and group categories will have the opportunity to appear onstage to be ranked by the audience.

This year, the Halloween fun will be conducted by Associate Conductor Vladimir “Count Dracula” Kulenovic. Tickets range between $8 and $20 and can be purchased by calling 801-355-2787, at the Abravanel Hall ticket office or by clicking here.

Season ticket holders and those looking for group discounts should call 801-533-6683.