When you don’t get changing leaves, you need something else to be excited about. Fall in Florida does not entail a steady drop in temperature and a dramatic change in scenery. For Floridians, fall means a light breeze and a slight chilly morning on very rare days. It means we get a break from worrying about hurricanes just long enough to lay out by the pool for 30 minutes without sweating instead of three. It means contemplating wearing a jacket in the morning, but deciding against it because at 10 a.m. you’ll be wishing you were in a tank top.

It’s hard to partake in fall activities when you live in Florida and fall does not exist.

Here are 5 ways to celebrate fall in Florida.

1) BUY FALL-SCENTED CANDLES.

Candles play a huge role in the perception of the season. Once Bath & Body Works has their fall scents out, it’s all over for my wallet. And as a result, our apartment always smells like cinnamon and pumpkin (no complaints here!).

2) BAKE YOUR HEART AWAY.

One thing you can do to celebrate fall that has nothing to do with the temperature is bake! A few of my favorite fall treats are homemade pies, candied apples and pumpkin-flavored everything.

3) (NOT SO) SCARY MOVIE NIGHT.

You can enjoy your freshly-baked pie and candied apples while watching some Halloween classics! And if you’re like me, this means Halloweentown, Hocus Pocus and Nightmare Before Christmas because all the others are too scary.

4) ENJOY THE FLAVORED DRINKS ON ICE.

Floridians know to ask their barista to make their pumpkin spiced lattes iced to enjoy it on those 80-degree days. Not a fan of the fall flavors? Ask for an iced cafe con leche and thank me later.

5) DECORATE.

There may not be leaves falling off the trees outside, but you can still get an autumn effect inside your home using leaves or flowers, plaid blankets and pumpkins (don’t even ask me how many pumpkins I have in my apartment right now). Fall is a great time to try out some DIYs on Pinterest!

All in all, Florida isn’t so bad. We may not have the fall temperatures or colors, but we still have the fall spirit!

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