A completely new generation of trick-or-treaters will soon know the delight of gathering candy in a festive bucket that faintly smells of stale McDonald’s french fries.
On Thursday, McDonald’s affirmed the return of its Halloween Happy Meal pumpkin pails, which frequently doubled as trick-or-treating buckets for kids in the mid-to late-’80s.
“We heard you loud and clear… if spooky SZN doesn’t include McDonald’s Halloween Pails, then you don’t want it,” McDonald’s wrote in a press release. “That’s why we’re bringing back the most iconic Halloween trio — McBoo, McPunk’n and McGoblin — that first came on the scene back in 1986.”
The Halloween Happy Meal pails have returned from time to time in the decades since, frequently with updated artwork or new shapes, and some of the time themed after characters from “Scooby Doo” or “Monsters High.”
The newest iteration, in the mean time, seems to be a return to the white, orange and green pails first presented in the late ’80s. Every one of the three new buckets — McBoo, McPunk’n and McGoblin — will likewise highlight three different faces on the outside of the pails, as seen in photographs shared by Mcdonald’s, and affirmed by a representative.
The new pails will be accessible at partaking McDonald’s restaurants between Oct. 18 – 31 with the purchase of a Happy Meal, however as it were “while supplies last,” as indicated by Mcdonald’s.
The declaration of the buckets’ long-awaited return comes weeks after representatives supposedly leaked insight about the Halloween Happy Meals, as indicated by the website Nightmare Nostalgia. McDonald’s even seemed to reference the bits of gossip in its press release, suggesting “weeks of anticipation” leading up to the declaration.
The news likewise follows another nostalgia-inducing promotion from Mcdonald’s, which launched a Happy Meal-style presenting for adults on Monday. The meal, known as the Cactus Plant Flea Market Box, is packaged in a comparable box as the original Happy Meal, and comes complete with one of four bizarre little figurines.