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BOO! It’s Still 2020 — Here Are Some More Scary Events

If this year hasn’t already scared you enough, well now you can double down with two Halloween spirited events with Storyfort!

Join us this October for two haunted events hosted by Storyfort.

In collaboration with Idaho Botanical Garden and Old Idaho Penitentiary, Storyfort is hosting Scary Stories at Idaho Botanical Garden on Saturday, October 24th, 12:30pm-2pm 2pm-3:30pm at the garden. And in case you didn’t get enough…Storyfort is also partnering with KIN and The Duck Club to bring you the fourth annual spine-tingling celebration, Scaryfort — an evening of chilling tales and ghostly tunes, you’d die to attend. Tickets are on sale now! Saturday, October 31st, 6:00pm, at KIN (21+).

Get the all the deets below!


in collaboration with Idaho Botanical Garden & Old Idaho Penitentiary

Come out to the Idaho Botanical Garden to get your creep on with historians and storytellers, Anthony Parry and Amber Beierle, telling true crime frightening stories about the Old Idaho Pen and some dark and haunting encounters onsite. Fiction writer Julia McCoy will also be there unspooling her own unique brand of scary, strange, enchanting original tale.

Saturday, October 24th
@ Idaho Botanical Garden
12:30pm-2pm  2pm-3:30pm
FREE to Members / Non Members: Adults: $8, Seniors (65+): $6, Youth 4-12: $5, 3 & under: Free


Anthony Parry, Interpretive Specialist, Idaho State Historical Society. Anthony earned his degree with a dual major in history and music theory and composition from the College of Idaho. He worked for the Boise City Department of Arts and History during the cities Sesquicentennial, then moved on to work at the Idaho State Penitentiary historic site in 2014 where he has developed several specialized tours of the site, temporary and permanent exhibitions, and digital content including the podcast Behind Gray Walls which recounts the lives and crimes of Idaho prisoners.

Amber Beierle, Historic Sites Administrator, Idaho State Historical Society. She earned her Bachelor of Arts in History, Secondary Education (2004) and her Master of Applied Historical Research degree (2007) from Boise State University. She served as the first Boise City Historian and as Photo/Research Assistant on the Idaho Yesterdays publication. In 2007-2008 she worked as an Oral History and Library Assistant at the Idaho State Archives. In 2008 she served as Interpretive Specialist Assistant at the Old Idaho Penitentiary, then became Interpretive Specialist in January 2009, Education Specialist/Visitor Services Coordinator in 2012, and Historic Sites Administrator in 2017.

Julia McCoy is a middle school teacher in Meridian Idaho. In her spare time, she travels, kickboxes, and is a member of the Writer’s Write group. She has three pieces published in the Cabin’s Writers in the Attic anthology.



our fourth annual haunted celebration

Back for another year of scary stories and haunting tunes, Scaryfort IV will feature BSU President and true crime aficionado, Dr. Marlene Tromp, Idaho’s sitting Writer in Residence, Malia Collins, and the amazing Big Tree Arts writers, K Lange and Emily Herbster. They’ll all be bringing strange and creepy stories to the stage with atmospheric musical accompaniment by Sun Blood Stories.
After the stories are told, Sun Blood Stories will bring a full set of their soul-stirring songs to your souls. All the while, the amazing chef’s and bartenders at KIN offer a set menu and a great selection of world-class food and drink.

Saturday, October 31st
@ KIN (21+)
doors 5:15p / show 6pm-8:30pm
$80 (includes dinner, 1 cocktail, entertainment)


Dr. Marlene Tromp is the 7th president of Boise State University. She is committed to supporting students and faculty, serving and advancing the state of Idaho, and helping the university foster research excellence to increase discovery for its students and the world.

Before joining Boise State in July 2019, Dr. Tromp was the campus provost and executive vice chancellor at the University of California at Santa Cruz, ranked by U.S. News recognized as the premier public university system in the country – Dr. Tromp was the dean of Arizona State University’s New Interdisciplinary College of Arts and Sciences and the vice provost of the university’s West Campus.

She grew up in Green River, Wyoming, a trona mining town along Interstate 80 that saw its population jump three-fold in the 1970s when nearby mines led an economic boom. Her father worked at one of the mines. Neither of her parents were college graduates, but they supported their two daughters’ college aspirations – especially when Tromp decided she was going to become a doctor. She earned scholarships to Creighton University, nearly 800 miles away in Omaha, Nebraska, but the financial challenges remained tangible.

Though bound for medical school, she fell in love with Robert Browning’s poetry. Instead, she would go on to earn her bachelor’s degree in English, come home to Wyoming to complete a master’s degree and then study for her doctorate at the University of Florida. There, she wrote a dissertation on Victorian novels and the new laws being written then on domestic violence and World Report as the 26th best public university in the country.  Before joining the University of California system – broadly.

Malia Collins is a Native Hawaiian writer and Assistant Professor of English and Creative Writing at the College of Western Idaho. Although she’s lived in Boise, Idaho for 20 years, her writing is still rooted in the place and culture of Hawaii and she uses Hawaiian cultural practices, stories, beliefs, and the natural world to explore themes like love, family, connection, desire, belonging, and grief. She is the current Idaho Writer in Residence.

K Lange is a writer, teacher, and UFO seeker from Boise, ID. Their work has appeared on stages across the nation including the Treefort Music Festival, Helicon West, Ghosts and Projectors and the National poetry slam. Their work can also be found in publications such as Sink Hollow, Ellipsis…, and Ink and Nebula in addition to their self published collections Moonache, Sugarbecoming, and Weird Grief. They can be found wherever the gin is cheapest.

Emily Ruth Herbster is a Boise dwelling performance poet created by the collision of several cosmic bodies. She is fueled by Red Bull, eyeliner, and cigarettes. She’s kinda tough but mostly soft, just like her writing. Into all things trashy and weird, and probably into you. She can be spotted at local slams, opening at basement punk shows, or dumpster diving behind your nearest pizza place.

Sun Blood Stories is a mass of harmonic noise distilled into occasionally delicate, but always haunting songs. The band is comprised of three (3) equal members: Ben KirbyAmber Pollard, and Cody Goin. SBS is currently writing their next full length album with the ever talented Wade Ronsse (of Lounge on Fire, Rider and the Rolling Thunder, and WEND) on drums. This current arrangement is the realization of a sedulous refining process that has guided them into their current form. Sun Blood Stories is dreamy, aware, personal, open, fuzzed out, and loud af.