Wentz brothers host Halloween haunted house at Santa Rosa Mall

MARY ESTHER — The Wentz family is taking back their living room. For the past decade,

MARY ESTHER — The Wentz family is taking back their living room.

For the past decade, October has meant their home in the Kenwood neighborhood in Fort Walton Beach was half haunted for the Wentz brothers’ haunted house, in which Alex, Andrew, Daniel and Jake transformed their childhood home into a spooky event for the community. This year, Andrew, 24, and Alex, 26, have moved the concept into a commercial space at the Santa Rosa Mall in Mary Esther.

Wentz brothers (clockwise from bottom right) Andrew, Danny, Alex and Jake are bringing back their annual haunted house, Festival of Fears, to the old Ruby Tuesday in Santa Rosa Mall.

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They are excited about doing a “real” haunted house this year, Alex said.

“Each year there, we’ve got a little bit bigger and a little bit bigger, but there was a hard limit on how much we were able to do and how many scares we were able to string together and how much decorations we could put up, because they still had to live there,” he said. “Now that we have a commercial space, we can do whatever we want, so bringing out a lot of the ideas we’ve always wanted to do but haven’t been able to. We’ve got a lot of new things that people who have been to our haunted house had never seen before.”