Fall is just around the corner and you know what that means — cozy sweaters, curling up around a campfire and glistening leaves of orange and red everywhere you look. Well … for most of the country, at least.
Fall in Florida is a little different. I’m not even sure if I would call it “fall.” I mean, nothing falls. The leaves stay put on the trees almost year-round, except maybe during the coldest few weeks. Truth is, our autumn is nothing more than a second, slightly-less-hot-but-still-hot-as-balls summer.
Yet everywhere you look, you can see Floridians trying desperately to experience a chilly, breezy, colorful autumn like all the normal states. Ladies bust out the infinity scarves when the temperature drops anywhere below 80, and pumpkin flavored treats show up on menus everywhere. Cinotti’s already has their adorable autumn window display set up, as well as a countdown board to the arrival of their famous pumpkin doughnuts.
Some people might scoff at these attempts to celebrate autumn in 90 degree weather, and pride themselves in being cooler than all the basic white girls with chunky sweaters and pumpkin spice lattes. To those people, I say, “Please take your weird resentment of people having fun somewhere else.” Fall is the best season of the year, so here are some ways to celebrate the season regardless of the weather.
Drink a pumpkin spice latte. Okay, I’m kidding. If that’s your favorite autumn beverage, then go for it, but there’s plenty of other options for those of us who aren’t huge fans. Can anybody say hot apple cider? Drop in a few cinnamon sticks for extra flavor and Instagram aesthetic.
Let’s be real here though, you can’t write an autumn-related article without including Oktoberfest. Most large cities hold their own replicas of the famous beer & music festival in Germany, and Jax is no exception. The Beaches Oktoberfest will be held from October 14 through 16 on 1st Street North. If you like live music, food trucks, and, of course, craft beer, then this fest is the perfect way to reel in the season. There is also an Oktoberfest downtown on October 5 for double the bavarian brews.
Go to the beach
“But the beach is going to be all cold and ew soon.”
That’s the point! The beach starts to feel autumn-y before anywhere else. The summer breeze turns to slightly chilly wind and the mild-temperature ocean all of a sudden freezes your toes off. If you can get away with a late-night bonfire with marshmallows, music and booze, you’ve got the ultimate fall kickoff. If not, I mean, I GUESS just bringing the drinks, music and a small cooker to roast your s’mores works too.
Seriously though, try to do a bonfire, and make sure to include fuzzy blankets, beanies and sick jams. You can find some really cool music suggestions in this really cool Void article written by this really cool person.
Above all else, get spooky up in this b-
Okay so, Halloween is right around the corner — and no, I don’t care if it’s technically almost two months away. It’s almost October and therefore it’s almost pre-Halloween and therefore it’s perfectly acceptable to start getting spooky right now. While I’m already reluctantly bracing myself for the wave of cringey Suicide Squad and campaign-themed costumes, I’m willing to overlook them because Halloween is the bomb.com.
My personal favorite way to bring in spooky season is by watching horror movies. Some of the most-anticipated horror films of the year are strategically released around October, such as Blair Witch and Rings, which makes for the perfect theater-hopping marathon. That said, maybe you’d rather stay at home, binge-watch classics and avoid paying $25 for refreshments or stuffing a purse to capacity with snacks you bought beforehand … because that doesn’t look suspicious at all.
If you’re a scared little wussy bab- I mean, if horror movies aren’t your cup of tea, Hocus Pocus is always an iconic and underwear-preserving movie choice. Same goes with The Nightmare Before Christmas … if you’re not still jaded from all the mid-2000’s Hot Topic merchandise, that is.
Other than that, just deck out your house with Dollar Tree cobwebs and gel window decals. Who cares if it’s “too early.” It’s still crazy-hot outside but nothing says autumn like carving pumpkins and displaying them in front of your house, even if they’ll probably be nasty by the time Halloween actually gets here. Turn your place into a little haunted mansion and go crazy!