post about my beloved childhood Halloween trick or treat skull pail and how I was searching for this long-lost item.
Six months later, and some "Saved eBay Searches" I've gathered a bit more information about this elusive Halloween tchotchke.
Turns out --as the old timers will tell you-- memory fades... and I believe the skull bucket I posted about back in September isn't the one I had as a kid after all.
I believe it's the one I've posted pics of here.
Again, this is from an eBay listing that I missed (hidden in a "lot" of Halloween items and probably why I missed it) and I snagged the pics for research before eBay dropped the listing after 90 days.
1) The face: I remember the eyes having the skull cracks around them and the black spray paint dobs which give it a slightly more sinister look than the previous one.
2) The weird jaw bone that you can see in the profile pic: I remember that feature distinctly as my kid-self thought that it looked a little like a Vulcan ear even though skulls have no ears.
3) The handle: I remember the handle went into two small holes in the top just like this one.
Alas the most important thing that I can remember is absent from this photo: the top. Even as a kid, the top hole that was meant to hold candy was small. Almost too small for my kid hands. In order to get the candy out I had to turn it upside down and shake it like a candy piggy bank.
I've still got my keywords plugged in to my eBay searches. Words like "blow mold," "skull," "pail," "bucket," and even "'70s" and "'80s." Still have no idea who manufactured the thing. Message boards have revealed that "Empire" was a popular one for making these types of Halloween decorations.
If anybody has any leads, drop 'em in the comments below.
Until I find it, I continue to wander in the night... searching for a cure... like a Halloween-obsessed David Banner... Bruce Banner?... David Bruce Banner?
Um... you know... the Hulk dude.