The free Halloween pumpkin with fill-up was a clever marketing gimmick, especially for a service station located out in the country with easy access to farm-fresh produce.
Before the move out to North Ridge Road, Bud’s was located at 3671 Oberlin Avenue in Lorain
Bud’s did not last long at the new location, however. Within a couple of years, the service station became Al & Lu’s Gulf. By 1969, it was Nick’s Gulf Service, run by Nick Varough.
By 1980, the station was still in the Varough family but was now Mid-Cities Citgo. I believe it later became a Marathon station.
Today, a gas station is still at the location. However, the days of a recognizable brand of gasoline being sold there are apparently long gone.