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The Making of a PW Haunted House - Pet World Experience - Lawrence, KS

The Making of a PW Haunted House

Here is a little behind the scenes view of the making of a Pet World Haunted House!! A little day by day from the first day of 'building' through the tear down after Halloween! This year's theme is an Abandoned City after the ZOMBIE APOCALYPSE! Complete with a theatre, hospital, city hall, a school and much more - come tour the city on halloween night but BEWARE it's been overrun with zombies!

LESS THAN ONE WEEK UNTIL HALLOWEEN!

 

The start of our neighborhood area
These are from a little over a week ago, but the start in our 'neighborhood' area.

These real old farm doors really make these sets creepy
These real old farm doors really make these sets creepy!

Begining to get creepier
Begining to get creepier!

Our black light room is always fun
Our black light room is always fun.

Begining to get creepier
We start to get a little weird the more hours we put into decorating and building the sets.

decorating

Working on the hospital sign on a nice afternoon
Working on the hospital sign on a nice afternoon.

Mariah painting bloody handprints in our hospital room
Mariah painting bloody handprints in our hospital room.

Getting the sign put up for the outside
Getting the sign put up for the outside!

Mariah and Megan decided to go over the door in handprints, too
Mariah and Megan decided to go over the door in handprints, too!

Erin working on the City Hall sign
Erin, former PW Manager, working on the City Hall sign!

She's painted all kinds of stuff for PW
She's painted all kinds of stuff for PW - from Haunted House stuff to the mural in our Education Room!

The City Hall to our abandoned city
The City Hall to our abandoned city!

Inside City Hall
Inside City Hall.

The bell one of our fabulous customers loaned to us
The bell one of our fabulous customers loaned to us!

It's PERFECT! Only the brave will get to ring it on Halloween!
It's PERFECT! Only the brave will get to ring it on Halloween!

Prepping for makeup
Prepping for makeup!

Makeup in progress
Makeup in progress.

A more mild zombie
A more mild zombie...

and a more gruesome one!
...and a more gruesome one!

Some of the wadrobe hung up for our actors to look through
Some of the wadrobe hung up for our actors to look through.

Years and years worth of makeup and prosthetic pieces
Years and years worth of makeup and prosthetic pieces!

 

7 Days Until Halloween

 

Our abandoned court house is coming along
Our abandoned court house is coming along!

Abandoned houses in our zombie haunted house
Abandoned houses in our zombie haunted house!

 

11 Days Until Halloween

 

Amy working on painting the outside of our hospital
Amy working on painting the outside of our hospital.

Megan and Jackson worked on the graveyard
Megan and Jackson worked on the graveyard!

The first of many things to hang on the dead trees in our graveyard
The first of many things to hang on the "dead trees" in our graveyard!

A box of hanging props
With as many props as we accumulate year after year, there has to be some organization! Here's a box of hanging props.

Megan's Pet Sematary in our graveyard
Megan's Pet Sematary in our graveyard!

Little ghost
Sometimes, the cutest decorations put among scary stuff end up being the creepiest. This little ghost always gives me chills when it's sitting somewhere!

 

12 Days Until Halloween

 

Work on our zombie pen went late into the evening
Work on our zombie pen went late into the evening.

We're lucky to have such dedicated staff and volunteers
We're lucky to have such dedicated staff and volunteers!

 

14 Days Until Halloween

 

A before shot of the progress so far at the start of Day 3
A before shot of the progress so far at the start of Day 3.

Tim and Sherry's yard starts to get piled with panels like these
Tim and Sherry's yard starts to get piled with panels like these - we reuse sets from previous years.

Pillars from the castle set and various other materials
Pillars from the castle set and various other materials.

Megan and Christian dragging over some branches
A neighbor up the street was having a tree cut down. We needed branches to make dead trees! Megan and Christian dragging over some branches!

Sherry dragging branches. It took 5 or 6 trips to get enough
Sherry dragging branches. It took 5 or 6 trips to get enough!

Tim, Bob, and Christian working on a new panel with a door in it
Tim, Bob, and Christian working on a new panel with a door in it.

Some of the outline of the cemetery scene
Some of the outline of the cemetery scene. Branches are zip tied to the fence.

Tim, Christian, and Sherry working on putting up panels in the courthouse
Tim, Christian, and Sherry working on putting up panels in the courthouse.

Sherry, Tim, and Christian trying to attach the roof of the courthouse
Sherry, Tim, and Christian trying to attach the roof of the courthouse.

Finally!
Finally! Our goal was to get the sign up on the front of the courthouse! At the end of a 6 hour day of building and creating sets, we achieve just that!


15 days until Halloween

 

Tim and Bob discussing the construction of the city hall in our abandoned city
Tim and Bob discussing the construction of the city hall in our abandoned city!

City hall construction going nicely on day 2
City hall construction going nicely on day 2!

 

16 days until Halloween

 

Russ helps paint a few of the hospital panels
Russ helps paint a few of the hospital panels.

City hall construction going nicely on day 2
City hall construction going nicely on day 2!

Young Jackson is assisting
Sherry and Amy working on measuring before stakes are put in to hold the walls in place. Young Jackson is assisting.

Young Jackson helping us hold the walls up in the wind
Young Jackson "helping" us hold the walls up in the wind. (His mom, Megan and PW Owner Sherry were actually holding up this wall.)