There’s a chill in the air and that means it’s time for all things spooky! At this time of year, I love to dive into books about the occult, and specifically witches. As the nights grow longer, there’s just something that makes it feel as though something supernatural is possible.
As you prepare for Halloween, check out the below list of my favorite witchy YA reads! They’re filled with magic, spells, and the dangerous consequences that can only come with venturing on the dark side of this world.
9 Witchy YA Reads to Get You Ready for Halloween
1. Strange Grace by Tessa Gratton
Long ago, a village made a bargain with the devil: to ensure their prosperity, when the Slaughter Moon rises, the village must sacrifice a young man into the depths of the Devil’s Forest. Only this year, the Slaughter Moon has risen early.
2. Year of the Wicked by Jeff Mariotte
In the tradition of The Chilling Adventures of Sabrina and Riverdale, this magical bind-up includes all four novels in the Witch Season series filled with spellbinding romance, revenge, and of course, witches!
3. The Cold Is in Her Bones by Peternelle van Arsdale
While there are no witches in this book, there are quite a few demon-possessed girls. Inspired by the Medusa myth, this book will give you some serious Salem witch trial vibes. Plus with the addition of snakes growing out of the main character’s head, you’ll definitely find this book to be the perfect read for October.
4. The Wicked Deep by Shea Ernshaw
Two centuries ago, three sisters were sentenced to death for witchery. Stones were tied to their ankles and they were drowned in the deep waters surrounding the town. Now, for a brief time each summer, the sisters return, stealing the bodies of three weak-hearted girls so that they may seek their revenge, luring boys into the harbor and pulling them under.
5. The Beast Is an Animal by Peternelle van Arsdale
A girl with a secret talent must save her village from the encroaching darkness. When disaster strikes, Alys finds herself on a journey to heal herself and her world. A journey that will take her through the darkest parts of the forest, where danger threatens her from the outside—and from within her own heart and soul.
6. Book of Shadows by M. Verano
A young girl discovers a magical spell book and dives headfirst into the occult—but this powerful book comes with a dangerous warning: OPEN AT YOUR OWN RISK.
7. Light as a Feather by Zoe Aarsen
Everything changes the night of Olivia’s Sweet Sixteen sleepover. Violet, the mysterious new girl in town, suggests the girls play a game during which Violet makes up elaborate, creepily specific stories about the violent ways the friends will die. Though it unsettles McKenna, it all seems harmless at the time.
Until a week later, when Olivia dies…exactly as Violet predicted.
8. Cold As Marble by Zoe Aarsen
The sequel to Light as a Feather is here as McKenna’s mission to save her friends from a deadly game continues. Armed with a mysterious package containing clues, as well as a little help from the beyond, McKenna hopes to end this once and for all…before it’s too late.
9. Wicked by Nancy Holder and Debbie Viguié
Holly, Amanda, and Nicole are launced into a dark legacy of witches, secrets, and alliances, where ancient magics yield dangerous results. The girls will assume their roles in an intergenerational feud beyond their wildest imaginations…and in doing so, will attempt to fulfill their shared destiny.