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13 Bewitching Halloween Candles to Light Up Those Spooky Fall Nights

updated Aug 12, 2022
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For many, Halloween is just another holiday. But for its biggest fans (yours truly among them) it’s not just a day, it’s a season. Once the calendar flips to fall, like it or not, we’ve entered spooky season — and the earlier you embrace it, the more fun it’ll be. We’re talking party planning, scary movie marathons, pumpkin picking, and most importantly, decorating. While there are different levels to Halloween decorating (remember that 12-foot skeleton decoration that went viral in 2020?), the easiest place to begin is with a fun, festive Halloween candle. While autumn is littered with candles of the saccharine sweet pumpkin spice variety, Halloween candles are the exception. They’re moody. They’re deep. They’re mysterious. They’re, well, spooky. Below, we rounded up 13 of our favorite Halloween candles, perfect for All Hallows’ Eve and beyond. Have a ghoulish candle you swear by for Halloween? Let us know in the comments below. Long live spooky season!

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Yankee Candle
$29.50

What is Halloween if not a crisp fall night? This Yankee Candle classic is perfect for those looking for a scent that perfectly captures the season in a jar. Its got earthy, woodland notes topped with a dreamy interlude of lavender.

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Homesick
$34.00

Before you can carve that pumpkin, you've got to pick it! With notes of pumpkin, nutmeg, ginger, cinnamon, tonka bean, and vanilla, the Pumpkin Picking candle from Homesick evokes a cool fall day complete with crunchy leaves, hayrides, and the search for the perfect pumpkin at the pumpkin patch.

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Catbird
$38.00

Ghost Rose is a part of Brooklyn-based jeweler Catbird's candle collection that doubles as a love letter to New York City. Featuring notes of English rose, champagne, and peony, this candle transports you to the ruins of a lost estate and its ever-flourishing lush, thorny garden. Best of all, tucked inside the lid of each box you'll find a suggested reading list, filled with classic New York stories to make the experience all the more immersive.

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Birthdate Candles
$38.00
was $48.00

While these astrological candles are made to be given as birthday gifts, Birthdate Candles' October 31st candle is also a great pick for fans of the day. This multilayered fragrance has woodsy and floral notes, a base of mahogany and musk, and top notes of bergamot and plum. It's rounded out by a touch of cinnamon which gives it some complexity.

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Etsy
$24.55

For a candle with a little shock factor, this Halloween candle from WitchyWicksCandleCo is a devilishly good time. Upon first glance, it looks like a regular ol' candle. But light it and watch as the candle starts to turn blood red and fill the air with the scent of red apples, juicy mandarin, cinnamon, clove, tonka bean, and musk.

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Diptyque
$98.00

For a spooky take on a classic, pick up this moody edition of Diptyque's Baies candle. You'll get a kick out of the brand's iconic blend of blackcurrant berries and Bulgarian roses encased in black wax and an all-black container.

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Amazon
$29.50
was $30.99

Those enamored by the witching hour and the sight of the moon will love Yankee Candle's Enchanted Moon candle and its magical blend of juniper, peony, and teak.

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Etsy
$11.24
was $14.99

While this bespoke soy wax candle comes in dozens of burn-worthy scents, we've got our eyes on just one: Halloween Candy. With a Hocus Pocus themed lid and a subtly sweet fragrance, it's bound to be the treat to your trick. Oh, and it burns for 50 plus hours, so you won't have to wait until October to light it.

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Macy's
$24.99

Somewhere between pumpkin spice and the crisp fall air, the scent of this 18 ounce candle will warm the house so you can enjoy the spook without any scare. It's three wicks enhance decor and create extra shadows, now all you need is a black cat to run past!

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Etsy
$20.00

If Halloween happens to evoke eerie, mysterious, and gothic vibes in your home, we've got just the thing for you. This black wax, clove-scented candle is giving elevated taxidermy shop vibes and we think that's an awesome alternative to friendly pumpkins and spooky cats.

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Etsy
$9.60
was $12.00

Burn this delightful candy corn themed candle and get a smell just as sweet as the little chewy morsels themselves. Hand-poured in three distinctly Halloween-y colors, the nine ounce candle will fill your home with scents of caramel and honey in no time. We dare you to find a better way to prepare for all the candy eating.

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The 125 Collection
$38.00

This motivational candle will have you absolutely feeling yourself come costume time. Life can be tricky, but thankfully, the 125 Collection has made finding the perfect Halloween-spirited candle easy. Choose between six scents so this year on Oct. 31st you can go big and go bold.

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Nordstrom
$90.00

Think of investing in a high-quality candle like investing in time well spent. If your space smells good, you're gonna feel good. This BYREDO candle gives of a forest-y, earthy fragrance that feels like a woods walk in fall. With notes of Cedar, leather, and raspberry, we think it's a perfect match for Halloween, but no one's stopping you from burning it year round!