The 16th Annual Halloween Haunted House at Solvang Theaterfest attracted long lines of revelers Friday and Saturday at dusk.

Also known as “The Swamp of Screams (Beware the Bayou),” the frightfest lured hundreds of patrons through the creepy bog, deserted bayou pot and black magic of a makeshift jungle.

The Solvang and Buellton Parks & Recreation departments sponsor the annual event.

Ghosts, witches, pirates and skeletons lurked beyond the venue’s walls. Skeletons rested in coffins and beds; skulls embedded in fences kept a sinister watch on festival-goers and gravediggers alike.

Clear and starry skies — framed by stark tree branches — provided hauntingly moonlit nights, with a slight nip in the air.

As always, refreshments weren’t far behind: Spirits in the form of coffee and cider were available, as were cookies, pastries and candy apples — for those survivors who still had an appetite.