Conductor Kirk Muspratt answers question in advance of The Northwest Indiana Symphony’s Oct. 24 Halloween concert.

Q: Hi, I am 5 years old and I was at your circus concert. It was my very, very first concert. Is everybody going to dress up for the concert on Halloween night?

Noah Alexander Bakker,

Griffith

A: Hello, Noah.

I am really glad that you came to your first concert. Congratulations!

However, I want to make sure that you know the next concert is not on Halloween night but one week before that on Thursday, Oct. 24. ( Just tell your parents, OK? They know about that stuff.)

The whole orchestra, chorus and youth orchestra will all be in costumes on the stage. We will be giving a few prizes for best costumes, so if you feel like dressing up, that is always OK, but you don’t have too. You can dress however you like.

Q:

I attended the splendid Cirque de la Symphonie concert last month. A two-part question:

1. How did you do the magic jacket/rope trick?

2. Are there going to be any secret magic tricks at the upcoming Halloween concert?

Kathy Pacholski,

Munster

A: Dear Kathy.

During the Cirque concert, I had no idea what they were going to do in that magic trick. They merely told me that they were going to do something during that piece and to please just do whatever they asked me to.

I have not the faintest idea how they did the trick. I got inside the black curtain and the lady behind me said, “Relax your shoulders, I am taking your jacket.”

Now, during the Halloween concert, the “magic” that will happen is that you will be completely mortified when you see what my costume is going to be. I do not know if that can be strictly labeled as magic, but it should cast come kind of “aghast spell” on you and your family in one manner or another!

Bonus Halloween tip from Kirk:

Ladies and gentleman, if you are like me, preparing your body this autumn to fit into a special Halloween costume, here is a tip for you.

Each morning when you go to weigh yourself, before you get on the scale, yell some threatening words at it!

I do this every morning now. I have learned that after awhile the poor scale does not want to hear this anymore. It starts to do exactly what you admonish it to do.

Also, if the scale has done what you instructed it to, say some very sweet and soothing things to it like, “nice scale” or “good scale.” Try it!