McDonald’s iconic Happy Meals Halloween buckets have returned

McDonald’s has officially announced the return of its Halloween Happy Meal buckets for the first time in six years.

The buckets – a pumpkin, a witch and a ghost named McPunk’n, McGoblin and McBoo respectively – will return to restaurants nationwide on October 18. the company said in a tweet on Thursday.

The buckets, which double as reusable candy containers, were first introduced by the fast-food giant in the 1980s and have made several temporary appearances in the decades since.

The original “Boo Buckets” first came out in 1986 but haven’t appeared since 2016.


MIAMI, FLORIDA – JULY 26: In this photo illustration McDonald’s food sits on a table at one of the fast food restaurants on July 26, 2022 in Miami, Florida. (Joe Raedle/Getty Images/Getty Images)

The initial renditions had the same names as their contemporary counterparts, but were all orange with different faces.

They were revised three years later, with the color distinctions green, white and orange. Other changes to the buckets included removing the face completely (before flipping it) and changing the lid.

While the fast food business supplies the candy containers, Halloween candy prices are expected to jump 34% ahead of spooky season, according to PayPal.

A picture of Ronald McDonald

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The buckets, often considered collectibles, won’t be exact replicas of their original rendition, but netizens were still raving about their return.

McDonald’s announcement came just a day after the company said it would be reaching out to adults with a new Adult Happy Meal, called Cactus Plant Flea Market Box.

A photo illustration of a McDonald's sign with the new Happy Meal buckets

SAN FRANCISCO – FEBRUARY 09: A sign sits outside a McDonald’s restaurant on February 9, 2009 in San Francisco, California. (Justin Sullivan/Getty Images/McDonald’s Facebook)

“Remember you’re never too old for a good meal,” the company said in a tweet.

The Cactus Plant flea market box started on October 3.

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