So, you’re looking to get in the mood for Halloween but hate horror? We have the perfect genre for you: witch romance books!
Witch-centered and magical romance books seem to be a rising subgenre, and we love to see it. It’s the perfect way to combine your love for feel-good rom-coms with some cozy seasonal spice. Plenty of witchy romance novels released in the last few years capture that autumnal Stars Hollow vibe we all crave.
We’ve put together some of the cutest witchy Halloween romances out there right now. From charming found family stories to steamy paranormal antics, these ten wickedly sweet witch romance novels will cast a spell on you this Halloween.
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The Ex Hex by Erin Sterling (aka Rachel Hawkins) is a delightfully witchy romance that was a 2021 fan favorite. Vivienne Jones dealt with her breakup with Rhys Penhallow as any sad witch would– by cursing him. It’s not a big deal. She used a scented candle, and Rhys doesn’t even live in Graves Glen, anyway. However, things start to go downhill when Rhys returns, and the old curse has some…unexpected consequences.
Readers love this witchy romance for its cozy setting, silly antics, and electric chemistry between Vivienne and Rhys. The Ex Hex is a cute, fast read that will get your heart pumping faster than a pumpkin spice latte.
Mika Moon knows she has to keep her powers secret, but she receives an unexpected message from Nowhere House she can’t ignore. She finds herself moving to a remote location to teach three young witches how to control their magic abilities. She also works alongside the gruff but handsome librarian at Nowhere House. When a threat comes knocking at Nowhere House, Mika has to decide if her found family is worth the risk.
We promise you will be absolutely charmed by this book. If you love found family and handsome librarians, put it on your Fall TBR immediately. Reviews say the book is Practical Magic meets The House in the Cerulean Sea, and we couldn’t agree more. There’s love, suspense, and overall cozy vibes.
Witch Emmy Harlow hasn’t returned to her magical hometown of Thistle Grove for a while, primarily because of her complicated family relationships and kind of because of her nemesis Gareth Blackmoore. When Emmy returns home for a special event, she meets the bewitching Talia Avramov, and they decide to get their revenge on Gareth for past transgressions.
This utterly fun LGBTQIA+ witch romance has John Tucker Must Die energy, but make it Halloween. This book is for you if you love small-town antics and romances that are a little more cheesy rather than steamy. Thistle Grove is the perfect setting to get into cozy season for Halloween.
Extra Witchy is the third book in Ann Aguirre’s Fix-it Witches rom-com series, but you don’t have to read them in order. Leanne Vanderpol, jaded by her past two marriages, only has room in her heart for her coven members. Focused on her career, she decides to run for city council but soon realizes getting married will help her political career. Enter Trevor Montgomery, and the rest is romance history.
This book is a sweet but spicy witch romance featuring a human love interest that will make you swoon. If you love the “marriage of convenience” trope, this one’s for you. Readers love Ann Aguirre’s romances because they casually, but importantly, incorporate LGBTQIA+ representation and turn gendered tropes on their heads.
Gwen and her cousins, Trudy and Milo, are banned from performing magic because of a family blunder a century before. But when all three of them receive a letter from their step-sister threatening to enchant and steal away one of their partners, they figure it’s time to dip into their powers. Gwen also has to deal with her growing feeling for grad student Jeremy. Can he be trusted? Or will he snitch on her magical abilities to the town council?
A Letter to Three Witches is a hilarious, quick read full of zany characters. If you don’t mind suspending your belief and overlooking some plot holes, this is a great read to spend an afternoon with. The plot has nothing scary, so it’s perfect if you’re looking to get into the mood for Halloween without getting nightmares.
Black Witch Magic is a paranormal romance following town outcast and secret witch Selene Blackstone and paranormal investigator Aiden O’Hare. When Aiden arrives at Brimrock to investigate an accused “evil” witch from years past, he knows he has to get to know Selene. When Selene learns that Aiden is investigating her grandmother Luna, she knows she has to stop him.
This romance is fun and implicitly addresses serious issues like racism and microaggressions. The book also has excellent friendship plotlines for both Selene and Aiden, which is always lovely to see. It’s a good time full of sarcastic humor, nerdy characters, and fun charm. This book is self-published and is available on Amazon.
The Kiss Curse is a follow-up book to The Ex Hex and follows fan-favorite Gwyn Jones. Gwyn happily runs her successful witchcraft shop in Graves Glen when Wells Penhallow moves to town and opens his own shop across the street. After sharing a very magical kiss, they try to avoid each other at all costs. But when a mysterious new witch coven moves into town and Gwyn’s powers start fading, they must work together.
This fun, charming witch romance has the classic enemies-to-lovers trope in full force. Like most romances, you don’t have to have read The Ex Hex to enjoy this new release. It has all the funny wit as Erin Sterling’s first book, plus a little steam. The story takes place in the time leading up to Halloween, making it a perfect read for the season.
Lucinda Caraway lives in the magical seaside town of Freya Grove, where spells and bewitching beings are a dime a dozen. She works as a high school teacher but wishes for adventure. When her high school crush Alexander moves into a haunted house across the street, she finds herself helping him unjinx it. Will Lucinda find the adventure she’s always craved as she gets closer to Alex?
This witchy romance is a fun read that sets a cozy mood for the fall season. It’s not really Halloween-themed per se, but the magical elements are a fun touch to the romance. There are a few steamy scenes thrown in to keep you turning the pages, of course!
Miss Charlotte Pettifer is the future leader of the secret league of gentlewomen witches. So, when a long-lost magical amulet is discovered, she knows she has to prevent it from falling into the wrong hands. She teams up with pirate Alex O’Riley to steal the amulet, and before she knows it, Alex is stealing her heart.
This second installment of India’s Dangerous Damsels series is a rollicking good time. The main characters are to die for, the banter is hilarious, and Alex is beloved by many fans. Things get steamy but not so spicy that you’ll have to put your book in the freezer.
Brigid Heron, a powerful witch, finds herself transported 100 years into the future with no memory of how she got there. To stop the curse of Evermore, she teams up with her magical descendants, Ophelia and Finola, and a mysteriously handsome trickster god, Luc Knightly.
The Lost Witch is for fans of fantasy and lore, as it’s not strictly a romance novel. The romance and sexual tension between Luc and Brigid are more of a subplot, and breaking the curse is the main focus. That said, it’s still a fun witch romance book to read for Halloween if you’re looking for something not-so-spooky.