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It looks like one of McDonald’s most popular and longest lasting Halloween Happy Meal traditions will return this spooky season. Yep, here come the nostalgia-inducing McDonald’s Halloween Buckets.
McDonald's Halloween Buckets Expected Return 2022
Now McDonald’s hasn’t officially announced this, but some leaked McDonald’s promotional calendars — and anonymous confirmations — give us plenty of reasons to be optimistic about it.
What are the McDonald’s Halloween Buckets?
During Halloween as early as 1986, McDonald’s put their Happy Meals inside festive trick or treat buckets (which essentially were the “toy” inside the Happy meal).
The plastic buckets with handles had a bunch of variations over the years, but the most popular featured the simple buckets with three faces on them.
At first, there were three orange variations: McPunk’n (with a jack-o’-lantern face), McBoo (with a ghost face), and McGoblin (with a more jagged jack-o’-lantern face). And in the ’90s, Happy Meal eaters got the Pumpkin Pails, which included an orange pumpkin, a white ghost, or a green witch.
What will the Halloween Bucket look like this year?
Since the buckets haven’t officially been announced yet, we don’t know, but there has been outcry for years from the McFaithful calling for a return of the original pumpkin-themed buckets or the ’90s-era, solid-colored buckets. On McDonald’s own website they’ve talked about the lasting popularity of the Pumpkin Pails, so there’s a good chance we’ll see those again.
When will the Halloween Buckets return?
According to the leaked calendar info, the Halloween Buckets will be available starting at lunchtime on Tuesday, Oct. 18, 2022. They’ll be available while supplies last or until Halloween night, Monday, Oct. 31.
But if you’re feeling impatient, you could always find some vintage buckets on eBay. But you’ll pay a premium price for them.
How much do the Halloween Buckets cost at McDonald’s?
There’s no extra charge for the Halloween Buckets at McDonald’s. They’re included in the regular cost of a Happy Meal, which is $4 – $6 (prices vary by location and type of Happy Meal).
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