Yes yes yes yes!!! This is about Raviv’s–and my–first trick or treat ever!
I’m a weird person–my close friends know that. And one of the manifestations of my weirdness is Undas being my favorite holiday of the year. Yes, I get most excited when the last week of October comes approaching…way more more excited than when the last week of December comes near. Both meant no classes but the thought of spending my vacation watching Shake Rattle and Roll reruns and aswang-aswang documentaries (yes, especially that of Magandang Gabi Bayan. ABS-CBN, bring it baaack!!!) is notches and notches higher than the prospect of watching Tanging Yaman-esque and A Christmas Carol copycat TV movies. I really, really loved the Undas season! So imagine how dismayed I was growing up not being able to experience what Western kids look forward on Halloween: trick or treating! Years ago, when I learned that Metro Manila malls and posh villages already hold trick or treats, I swore to myself that my child will fulfill what my rural town in Mindanao where I grew up deprived me of…my child will take me trick or treating!
And wouldn’t you know it, my precious Raviv made his Nanay’s wish come true on the momentous day of Oct. 31, 2012. 🙂
When I met with my mom blogger friends, we all agreed to meet again when we take our kids trick or treating. Maggie mentioned that it’s best to go trick or treating at Ayala Alabang Village, and that if we know someone who lives there who’s willing to invite us, it’d be awesome. And then CHING!!! Hope surged in my veins because my first cousin, Ate Frances Sales-Garcia, lives there. Three weeks before Halloween, I texted my cousin and required her to invite us. I also asked (hindi na required) her if I could bring my blogger friends, and she said it was OK but I’d have to limit it. Unfortunately, Oct. 31 was not a holiday and not a weekend thus Maqui, Mars, Maggie and Em were not available. So it was just the three of us plus Raviv’s new yaya, and my brother and his daughter Yoona.
By the way, we only confirmed that we will go trick or treating two days before! I had to give Randy my patented pout to be willing to hurdle the possible super heavy traffic to and from Alabang on the last day before the looong weekend. I rushed to SM Calamba on the 28th of October and chose from the tira-tira costumes.
Good thing I was able to score the nice and relatively inexpensive pirate costume that fit Raviv perfectly. I also looked for the orange pumpkin trick or treating bucket that used to be omnipresent but alas, neither SM nor Robinson’s nor South Supermarket nor the market stalls had them! Ubos na raw! So I had to channel my inner Martha Stewart and come up with a bag for Raviv. In a way, it excited me despite that I was already busy with so many tasks (in a parallel universe where I lived on Wisteria Lane, I am Bree Van de Kamp). Hours before we headed to Ayala Alabang, I was able to come up with these DIY pirate paraphernalia:
Since Raviv was going as a pirate, it was but fitting that his “bag” be a treasure chest! And because Toy Kingdom ran out of expensive cutlasses (thank God!), I just made one for him!
Anyway, it was a good thing that traffic to Alabang was surprisingly light that afternoon! Traffic only started building up just as we were to enter Ayala Alabang Village…we were shocked to see a throng of people outside the gates of Ayala Alabang Village, all carrying the generic orange pumpkin treat bag I was scouring for (upon seeing it, I was glad it ran out! Otherwise my son’s treats bag would’ve been “generic”, hihi) but most of them weren’t in costumes. Sobrang dami talaga! Without the treat bucket and occasional costumes, you’d think there’d been an exodus because of a calamity!
To be continued
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