Plastic pumpkin bucket

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plastic pumpkin bucket
plastic pumpkin bucket

This is a plastic bucket shaped like a Jack-o'-Lantern. Kids use it for trick-or-treating, which is to say that they fill it up with implements of urban destruction and unleash them upon those who refuse to give them candy. It's a lot like terrorism.

Please mail all complaints about the terrorism joke to our home office in Intercourse, Pennsylvania.

Type: familiar equipment
Familiar: any
Cannot be discarded

+5 to Familiar Weight
+13% Item Drops from Monsters
Familiar Will Occasionally Play Tricks on Enemies

NOTE: This item cannot be equipped while in Hardcore.

(In-game plural: plastic pumpkin buckets)
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Item number: 1971
Description ID: 322191256
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Obtained From

Obsoleted Areas/Methods
Mr. Store (1 Mr. Accessory)
The Raffle House


Attack Messages

  • Physical:
    • <name> can't think of a nasty trick to pull, so settles for kicking him square in its most sensitive area -- that's right, his ego -- and does X damage.
    • <name> rolls the plastic pumpkin bucket at her, who promptly trips over it and falls, taking X damage.
    • <name> rolls the plastic pumpkin bucket at her. She gets her foot caught in it and falls over, sustaining X damage.
    • <name> can't think of a good trick to play on your opponent, and resorts to just hitting her with the plastic bucket. It's not very imaginative, but it deals X damage.
    • <name> ties his shoelaces together. He trips and takes X damage as he lands on his face.
  • Hot:
    • <name> rubs a ballpoint pen really fast across a nearby wall, then pokes it with it for X damage.
    • <name> produces a paper bag full of some unknown substance, sets it on fire, and places it in front of your opponent. It hurries to stomp the fire out, taking X damage in the process.
    • <name> throws an M-80 at it, hitting it for X points of explosive hot damage.
    • <name> gives it a good ol' fashion Indian Rugburn. Which is probably a Native American Rugburn, these days. It takes X damage from the friction-induced heat.
    • <name> gives it the ol' hotfoot. How that works, we were never sure, but its feet get X points' worth of heat.
  • Cold:
    • <name> puts her underpants in the freezer, then gives them back. She puts them on and takes X damage from the cold.
    • <name> gives her a wet willy, using ice-cold water instead of spit. She takes X damage from the cold.
    • <name> pelts her with a snowball. Where it came from, we're not sure, but she takes X damage.
    • <name> rigs up a bucket of ice-cold water, which falls and drenches your opponent. She takes X damage, and is now ready to enter a contest popular on Spring Break.
    • <name> drops a bunch of ice cubes down your opponent's shirt, dealing X damage.
  • Spooky:
    • <name> shines a flashlight under its chin and cackles maniacally. his teeth start to chatter, causing X damage.
    • <name> tells him a spooky ghost story. He shudders uncontrollably, taking X damage.
    • <name> puts on a creepy skeleton mask and jumps out at him, startling him to the tune of X damage.
    • <name> sneaks up behind it and shouts, "BOO!" It jumps out of its skin, sustaining X damage on the way back down.
    • <name> calls her cell phone and asks if she likes scary movies. She freaks out, starts screaming, and takes X damage.
  • Stench:
    • <name> tricks your opponent into smelling your feet. It sustains X damage from the stench.
    • <name> shouts, "last one out is a rotten egg," then throws a rotten egg at it. It takes X damage from the stench.
    • <name> eats a clove of garlic (wait, what's garlic?) and breathes a toxic cloud into its face for X damage.
    • <name> finds a sweaty gym sock on the ground and throws it at it, who takes X damage.
    • <name> drops a week-old strip of bacon down your opponent's back, doing X damage from the stench.
  • Sleaze:
    • <name> gives it an atomic wedgie. It takes X damage and blushes deeply.
    • <name> snaps his bra strap. He didn't even know he was wearing a bra, but takes X damage.
    • <name> throws a balloon filled with water at him. Wait, that's not a balloon... ew. He takes X damage.
    • <name> throws a balloon filled with water at him. Wait, that's not water... ew. He takes X damage.
    • <name> sneaks around behind your opponent and pulls down his pants, embarrassing him for X damage.

After Combat

  • <name> holds out the plastic pumpkin bucket, hoping for extra goodies.


  • October 2006's item of the month from Mr. Store.
Its in-store description: And your little dog, too! Gives +5 lbs. of the familiar to which it is equipped, +5 lbs. of Gravy Fairy, and attacks enemies occasionally with perfect elemental attacks.
  • Equips on any familiar except the Comma Chameleon.
  • Attacks roughly 30-40% of the time.
  • Elemental attacks are only inflicted against monsters with elemental alignments or physical damage resistance; physical damage is inflicted against other targets.
  • The elemental attack is independent of any other action the familiar could perform during the round. In any given round, the equipped familiar could perform its standard action, or a trick, or both, or neither. The familiar's chance to act in a round is not affected (except possibly by the weight bonus).
  • Damage appears to range from (weight * 0.5) to (weight), with double damage dealt to enemies with an elemental alignment. Enemies with physical damage resistance will be dealt damage from a randomly selected element.
  • First prize in The Raffle House on January 21, 2008.


  • The "+5 lbs. of Gravy Fairy" bonus was equivalent to +12.5% Items from Monsters prior to NS13.
  • At an unknown point on or before June 16, 2014, a typo in one of its attack messages was fixed, which previously read:
    <name> snaps his bra strap. He didn't even know He was wearing a bra, but takes X damage.


  • The "home office in Intercourse, Pennsylvania" is probably a reference to Late Night With David Letterman, who has had "home offices" in several obscure locations. Additionally, "Intercourse" is also something some people would find offensive as they mistakenly believe that it references sex.
  • "And your little dog too" is a line from the film The Wizard of Oz. The Wicked Witch of the West, when she found out Dorothy accidentally killed her sister, vows revenge on Dorothy and her dog.
  • The production of a "paper bag full of some unknown substance" which is then set on fire, is a reference to the prank where a paper bag is filled with something gross (typically canine feces), set on fire, and left on the porch or doorstep of the victim. The victim's doorbell is then sounded with the intent that the victim will see the flaming bag and step on it to put out the fire, stepping in the warmed feces in the process.
  • The spooky attack message involving asking the opponent over the phone if they like scary movies is a reference to the 1996 horror/dark comedy movie Scream.
  • An atomic Wedgie involves giving someone a wedgie so severe that you are able to put the waistband over their head.
  • The "popular contest on Spring Break" would be a Wet T-shirt contest.
  • An Indian Rugburn is a prank where you grasp a person's forearm and twist in opposite directions, giving a burning sensation to the victim.
  • The "Native American Rugburn" is a reference to the PC movement, with respect to the political incorrectness of the term Indian for a Native American.
  • The stench message regarding smelling feet is possibly a reference to the Halloween rhyme "Trick or treat! Smell my feet! Give me something good to eat!".

See Also


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Preceded by:
Travoltan trousers
plastic pumpkin bucket
October 2006
Succeeded by:
pilgrim shield