Pet World Lawrence

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! Click here to see our cast list for this year!

LESS THAN ONE WEEK UNTIL HALLOWEEN!

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

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These real old farm doors really make these sets creepy!

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Begining to get creepier!

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Our black light room is always fun.

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

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Working on the hospital sign on a nice afternoon.

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Mariah painting bloody handprints in our hospital room.

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Getting the sign put up for the outside!

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

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

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

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The City Hall to our abandoned city!

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Inside City Hall.

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The bell one of our fabulous customers loaned to us!

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

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Prepping for makeup!

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Makeup in progress.

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A more mild zombie...

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...and a more gruesome one!

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

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Years and years worth of makeup and prosthetic pieces!

7 Days Until Halloween
 

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Our abandoned court house is coming along!

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Abandoned houses in our zombie haunted house!

11 Days Until Halloween
 

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Amy working on painting the outside of our hospital.

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Megan and Jackson worked on the graveyard!

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

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

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Megan's Pet Sematary in our graveyard!

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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
 


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Work on our zombie pen went late into the evening.


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



14 days until Halloween

 


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


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


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Pillars from the castle set and various other materials.

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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!

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

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

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

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

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

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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!

Watch a video of the graveyard trees going up!

Watch a video of Megan repainting last years sign!

15 days until Halloween
 


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


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City hall construction going nicely on day 2!


16 days until Halloween
 


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Russ helps paint a few of the hospital panels.


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Megan, Amy, Morgan, and Bob working on the hospital panels.
Walking Dead fans will recognize these doors on Halloween night!


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


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

Employment Opportunities

Voted BEST PLACE TO WORK in Lawrence, Pet World has long been known as an amazing work experience. We offer highly sought after internships and paid apprenticeships that can turn into flexible short and long term paid positions. After your time at PW, which is usually about 4-5 years for most, we'll help you complete an expert resume to launch a great career! Interested in joining the Pet World team? Check out our Employment Opportunities page for more info.

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Pet World
711 W 23rd Street
Lawrence, KS 66046

Phone: 785-841-7476

Mon - Fri: 10:00 am - 8:00 pm
Sat: 10:00 am - 7:00 pm
Sun: 11:00 am - 6:00 pm

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