Upstate teenagers turn hobby into business, open haunted house


A haunted house, in the Upstate, is run by two teenagers.  

When the sun sets at the Asylum, the screaming begins. The haunted house, in Easley, is owned and operated by an unlikely pair of entrepreneurs – 15-year-old Luke Willis and 16-year-old Wil Liddle. 

“So I worked at a couple of haunted houses,” Willis told 7News. “I love to scare people and when I was a kid, I used to scare my mom and my siblings.” 

Willis says the spooky attraction was originally meant for scaring his family and friends. 

“My dad saw that I put so much planning into it and he said why don’t we open this to the public,” said Willis. 

His dad’s idea led Willis to recruit his friend and together they’ve turned a hobby into a business. 

“My throat hurts from screaming,” said one customer. 

Only the brave dare to enter the Asylum. Once inside, creepy clowns and lunatic doctors guide you through the attraction. 

“What was the scariest part?” Asked 7News Reporter Stefany Bornman. 

“The chainsaw, probably the chainsaw.” A group of girls said.

The boys worked on the haunted house for nearly a year, adding special effects and training actors. But it was only after the finished their school work, of course. 

“The most challenging part is probably putting in the time for this, because being high school students we don’t have all the time in the world to do this,” Liddle told 7News. 

Night after night, customers run out happily spooked. 

“So does everyone need to come checkout the Asylum? Asked 7News Reporter Stefany Bornman. 

“Yes!” A group of girls said. 

The haunted house proves you can turn a hobby into a thriving business at any age. 

“I found a way to put that into a venture and make a little money of it, so that’s nice.” Willis said. 

The Asylum is located at 110 Pine Knoll Road. 

It’s open on Halloween night from 7:30 p.m. to 11:30 p.m. 

Tickets are $15 dollars. 

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