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Bonfire & Boos

October 28, 2023 @ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm EDT

Drop in any time between 6:00-8:00 pm for spooky stories, tours of Thurber House, and more!

IMPORTANT: If you plan on attending the bonfire storytelling, please bring your own lawn chair or blanket.


For our adult Halloween fans and paranormal enthusiasts, we’ll have an adult-only bonfire night with drinks and spooky storytelling with award-winning author John Kachuba. Tours of the haunted Thurber House will also be available during the event. Tours will detail the real life historical events that some say have contributed to decades of ghostly activity at 77 Jefferson Avenue, as well as Thurber House’s most intriguing ghost stories from staff and visiting authors.

Note: This is an adult-only event. All guests must be 21 or older.

Rain site: In the event of inclement weather, we will move all outdoor activities inside to Thurber Center (91 Jefferson Avenue, Columbus, OH 43215).


John Kachuba is the award-winning author of twelve books and numerous articles, short stories and poems. John holds advanced degrees in Creative Writing and teaches that subject through Ohio University and the Gotham Writers Workshop. He is a member of the Historical Novel Society and the Horror Writers Association. John frequently speaks on paranormal and metaphysical topics and is a regular speaker at universities and libraries, paranormal conferences, and on podcasts, radio and TV. He has been a repeat guest on radio’s Coast-to-Coast AM with George Noory and appeared in the Sundance Channel’s TV production, Love/Lust – The Paranormal.


What really happened “The Night The Ghost Got In”? Did James Thurber actually have an encounter with a ghost? Well, now is your chance to find out for yourself!

Enter our Ghost Investigation Raffle for the chance to win a private ghost investigation at Thurber House on Friday, November 17, the anniversary of James Thurber’s infamous ghostly encounter on “The Night the Ghost Got In.” One lucky winner will be chosen for this rare, one-of-a-kind experience. Will the ghost decide to make an appearance? That’s for you to find out . . . if you dare!


October 28, 2023
6:00 pm - 8:00 pm EDT


Thurber House
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Thurber Center
91 Jefferson Avenue
Columbus, OH 43215 United States
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