I had been looking out for some decorations to brighten up my bungalow where I was hosting a Halloween party for my granddaughters'. I was having problems though, in Poundland and Woolworths the decorations were all either too grown up or too babyish for my purposes. The visiting children ranged in age from 16 months, my baby granddaughter, up to around 14 years so I needed decorations which would suit the expectations of all these children.
I found these buckets in my local garden centre on Halloween day itself so was pleased to see they had been reduced in price from £4.25 to three buckets for £5. At a saving like that I bought nine buckets with a view to standing breadsticks in them on the buffet table or perhaps piling them full of Heroes for the children to munch on.
What makes these buckets so much better than any garish orange ones from Poundland is the fact that they are made of metal so can be reused again and again for many different purposes. I suspect they are made from aluminium as they are lightweight yet sturdy, please don't quote me on this though as there is nothing on the bucket to indicate precisely what metal these are made from.
Each bucket stands around 18cm high and is in perfect proportion, meaning the diameter would be roughly 16 - 18cm. Perfect for what I needed the buckets for. They are stable when standing on a flat surface and even stood up well on my uneven front lawn when some of the children decided to take them out to play.
The design is exactly as you can see above, a black shiny bucket with a bright orange motif of a jolly looking pumpkin on the front and back. I was pleased to see the pumpkin picture repeated on the back as most buckets of this type have decoration only on the front, which isn't ideal if the buckets are going to be handled by children as they'll put them down willy nilly and before you know it it looks like you have a row of plain black buckets!
The handle, also metal, is securely attached to the bucket and moves smoothly around so you can have the handle lifted (as in the picture above) or spin it around so it's lying fairly flush to the side of the bucket. I like the wooden holding section of the handle as it's shaped well to allow little hands to grab hold of the bucket and carry it easily even when filled. The handle keeps its shape when the bucket has things in and there is no stretching or snapping after the full bucket has been swung around by a six year old, something which has proved a problem in recent years when I've bought Poundland buckets.
All the children loved these buckets, in the end just eight of them wanted to go Trick or Treating so I decided they might as well use these buckets as I had found they were slightly too large for the buffet table anyway. I lobbed the older kids a few cheapy plastic buckets so that the little ones could have these much better ones, call it favouritism if you like but I had had to bribe the miserable teens to take the little ones out in the first place so all they deserved was plastic buckets! At least the younger kids made an effort and adhered to the Halloween Fancy Dress code! I let them keep the buckets, my neighbours were so generous with their Treats that all the buckets were full by the time they came back to mine and I had to put their names on them!
I kept the ninth bucket to plant something in in time for next Halloween, although I will have to ask my son in law to drill a drainage hole in the bottom for me.
There are no manufacturer or brand names on the buckets, apart from a pumpkin sticker saying 'Halloween Mini Bucket' so you'll just have to look out for them. They are available from here http://www.gardentrading.co.uk/store/product_details.vc?productId=1206 but be aware they cost £5.50 each from this site so it might be worth you looking round for a cheaper price before next Halloween.
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