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McDonald's Just Brought Back The Iconic Halloween Happy Meal Pails, And Honestly, I'm A Little Disappointed

So, McDonald’s recently made headlines with the release of an adult Happy Meal (aka the Cactus Plant Flea Market Box). But, SURPRISE!!!, they have a second “fun” Happy Meal this month with the release (or, really, rerelease) of the iconic Halloween Happy Meal pails from the ’80s and ’90s. And, as a child of that era, I was obviously thrilled to hear this news.

food, mcdonald's just brought back the iconic halloween happy meal pails, and honestly, i'm a little disappointed

In case you’re wondering, the pails have changed between many designs over the decades, but this current release is modeled after the very popular ones from the late ’80s/early ’90s. And the last time McDonald’s even offered Halloween Happy Meals was 2016 . Crystal Ro / BuzzFeed

TBH, I’d seen rumors for a while on TikTok and Twitter that this was happening, and just a week ago, McDonald’s did in fact confirm their return. But NOW it’s official…they’re here!

guess who’s coming back

01:21 PM – 06 Oct 2022

And, clearly, I was not alone in my excitement for this news:

I’m a 37 year old grown man who’s excited to go collect my Halloween happy meal bucket from @McDonalds today. 😂 #Priorities #nostalgia

01:46 PM – 18 Oct 2022

@cecetron “sorry, lemme grab my bag before we head out” *grabs my 2022 McDonalds Exclusive Collection Happy Meal Boo Bucket*

03:23 PM – 18 Oct 2022

I haven’t been to a McDonalds in probably 10 years, but I will show up for a ghost bucket. 👻 🪣 https://t.co/IDbvJJYXAC

12:41 AM – 10 Oct 2022

So, I booked it on over to my nearest McDonald’s (okay, TWO actually, because I have no self-control and wanted to collect them all — although, spoiler alert, I could only find two of the designs, the ghost and the witch) and picked ’em up.

food, mcdonald's just brought back the iconic halloween happy meal pails, and honestly, i'm a little disappointed

Crystal Ro / BuzzFeed

Waiting in the drive-thru, I was kinda surprised to see almost NO advertising about the pails being back. Aside from a small corner of the menu board, customers would otherwise have no idea they could get their hands on one of these bad boys. So, unless you’re regularly active on social media, I guess you might not even know about it.

food, mcdonald's just brought back the iconic halloween happy meal pails, and honestly, i'm a little disappointed

Crystal Ro / BuzzFeed

My initial reaction upon seeing one of my beloved Halloween pails again for the first time in decades was… WAIT. IT LOOKS SO MUCH SMALLER THAN IT USED TO BE?!

food, mcdonald's just brought back the iconic halloween happy meal pails, and honestly, i'm a little disappointed

Crystal Ro / BuzzFeed

They measure just under 5 inches tall, and at their widest are about 6 inches. Now, maybe it’s because I was obviously smaller as a kid, but these new pails definitely seem smaller. Like, I have pretty small hands, and they’re bigger than the overall width of the pails. 🤔

food, mcdonald's just brought back the iconic halloween happy meal pails, and honestly, i'm a little disappointed

Crystal Ro / BuzzFeed

Also, they don’t have lids!!! In place of the original lids is a plastic bar across the handle that has a silhouette mimicking the original lid designs. 🤷🏻‍♀️

food, mcdonald's just brought back the iconic halloween happy meal pails, and honestly, i'm a little disappointed

McDonald’s, Crystal Ro / BuzzFeed / Via youtube.com

One new thing that comes with the pails, though, is an activity sheet that has some stickers on it. It’s meant to serve as kind of a paper lid, which…meh. I’d WAY rather have an actual lid.

food, mcdonald's just brought back the iconic halloween happy meal pails, and honestly, i'm a little disappointed

Crystal Ro / BuzzFeed

The pails also still bare the same character “names” — McBoo (the ghost), McPunk’n (the pumpkin), and McGoblin (the witch).

food, mcdonald's just brought back the iconic halloween happy meal pails, and honestly, i'm a little disappointed

Crystal Ro / BuzzFeed

Side note: In case you’re confused, like I was, why the witch is called “McGoblin,” it turns out the original pails that came out in 1986 only came in a pumpkin color/design and, based on the FACES, had different names, including “McGoblin.” (See below)

food, mcdonald's just brought back the iconic halloween happy meal pails, and honestly, i'm a little disappointed

McDonald’s / Via youtube.com

It looks like for this new release, the green pail that used to be called McWitch (in the later ’80s/early ’90s releases) has inherited McGoblin’s name??? IDK why that choice was made, but there you have it. Kinda weird.

food, mcdonald's just brought back the iconic halloween happy meal pails, and honestly, i'm a little disappointed

McDonald’s, Crystal Ro / BuzzFeed

Anyway, in case you’re wondering, yes, it’s just a normal Happy Meal inside as far as the food is concerned, so you’ll have your usual choices — from a hamburger to McNuggets with a side of fries or apples, etc.

food, mcdonald's just brought back the iconic halloween happy meal pails, and honestly, i'm a little disappointed

As for the cost of the Happy Meal, I live in Southern California, and one meal cost $4.26. (That includes the food, the pail, and taxes.) So, it’s a decent price, all things considered. Crystal Ro / BuzzFeed

As disappointed as I am with these pails — I REALLY wish they were exactly like the OG ones of my childhood, bigger and with actual lids — I still really love them. And, TBH, I can’t wait to get my hands on the orange pumpkin to complete the set.

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If you wanna get your hands on one (or all three), the nostalgic Happy Meals are available at participating McDonald’s restaurants nationwide from Oct. 18–31, while supplies last.

food, mcdonald's just brought back the iconic halloween happy meal pails, and honestly, i'm a little disappointed

McDonald’s / Via corporate.mcdonalds.com

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