This pre-law student is going to save Halloween

These bakery baskets put the treat in trick-or-treat

Full-time student and part-time quarantine baker Rocio Escano has been on a mission to make sure 2020 does not go down as the worst year ever. I mean, don’t get me wrong, the past year has a lot of things going for it in that category. But that doesn’t mean we can’t find ways to enjoy ourselves through the little things in life. Rocio’s Instagram bakery Sabotage may entice us to sabotage our diet with its cinnamon rolls and blueberry cheesecakes, but in doing so it truly adds something sweet to our 2020 lives.

Rocio Escano is a 21-year-old pre-law student / Photo courtesy of Sabotage

This month, the pre-law student has set her eyes on saving her favorite holiday: Halloween.

“I love that Halloween sparks freedom of expression,” says Rocio. “It’s a time that people get to be something out of the ordinary.”

Taking a cue from Halloween, Rocio has developed something truly out of the ordinary for Sabotage. More than just offering baked treats, she is offering an experience with her treat buckets and BOO baskets. They include toys and her best-selling oatmeal Reese’s cookies, as well as candy, tons and tons of candy.

Sabotage's oatmeal Reese's cookies / Photo from

“My friends know I never go anywhere without some candy in my bag,” the baker adds.

“When I was younger, my mom would always get my cousins and me together to trick-or-treat. We would have a candy feast afterwards,” says Rocio on why she loves the holiday. “Since Halloween is sabotaged this year, I thought I’d try to keep the spirit alive by creating fun baskets for both kids and kids-at-heart to enjoy this spooky season. There’s just something about Halloween that brought my friends, my family, and me together. I hope to be able to share that experience with everyone by giving people the chance to send our Halloween buckets to the people they love most, with a treat for themselves, too.”

The treat bucket is a friendly jack-o-lantern bucket that comes in orange, purple, and green. Inside you will find an assortment of the candies you would usually get on a trick-or-treat run, some glow in the dark stars and decorations, as well as a box of six oatmeal Reese’s cookies. It is ₱600 for an individual bucket, or ₱2,500 for five buckets, which Sabotage can help arrange to be delivered to friends and family. Or, you know, keep all five buckets for yourself. We are honestly not judging and we would totally do the same thing.

The BOO basket is a larger treat and even includes a star light projector, reminding us of a time when we would walk out at night and go house-to-house for trick-or-treat.

These treat buckets and BOO baskets help recreate the trick-or-treat experience in our own homes. It may seem a little odd at first, but this year has been full of nasty tricks so don’t feel bad about treating yourself a little to something sweet and out of the ordinary. It is Halloween after all.