1988 McDonald's McBunny Kids Meal Buckets

Buckets. What a useful thing a bucket can be. If you're a fan of this blog, you know how we treasure our Halloween buckets, and rightfully so. They can hold what? Yeah.

Halloween candy.

McDonald's used to make excellent choices by giving us 80's and 90's kids buckets for said candy, even if they were a bit on the tiny side. And then one day in Spring 1988, Ronald McDonald was leading the board meeting at McDonald's headquarters and he suggested more buckets. But not for Halloween. For Easter.

I can imagine the board room blowing the fuck up. FryGuys losing their collective shit. Grimace flailing his purple arms. Birdie the Early Bird rejoicing. The Hamburglar being shady. 

"Easter Buckets!", Ronald says. The smile drooping from ear to ear.

Why these didn't become a yearly this is something I will 1, never understand and 2, never forgive.

The 1988 Easter McBunny pails.

2021 McDonald’s Halloween Happy Meal

Another year of Halloween SHADE thrown by McDonald's. The 50th anniversary Disney kids meal premiums parade right through Halloween 2021.

 These seem like they'd be aimed toward adults, not kids.

1968 Popular Mechanics Halloween DIY Ideas


Here's a super cool retro guide to making your own costumes and carving jack o lantern's the Popular Mechanics way. First off, a witch costume with a surprise meowing, grimacing black cat will be sure to get a laugh! 

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2002 Wendy's Lionel Eerie Express Halloween Kids Meal Toys

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1999 Burger King Halloween Silly Slammers


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Video Games Pumpkin Carving Stencils

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1989 Burger King Tricky Treaters Halloween Kids Meal Toys



This trio of 3 ghoulish little creatures from Burger King in 1989 could be taken apart and put back together - in any way your little heart desired. This enabled kids to create different monsters from all the parts. 

100+ FREE Music/Rock Star Pumpkin Carving Stencils



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1993 Hardee's & Roy Roger's Halloween Buckets


This Halloween trick or treat pail featured all the monsters on one glow-in-the-dark bucket, and in their speech balloons they offered Halloween trick or treating safety tips. 

1995 Hardee's Frightfully Fun Halloween Bucket

For 1995, this bucket designed more for a kid's meal than actual trick or treating, again glows in the dark and features some monsters. A ghost, a mummy, Frankenstein, Dracula, and a little spider.


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 I made this (I'm very new, be gentle) Bayshore blow mold inspired pumpkin. I'd love to see some printed!



1989 Hardee's Hallmark Halloween Hide-a-Ways

 Hardee's had a cute Halloween premium in 1989. They were similar to a popular toy at the time called Smooshees, which were squishy creatures that fit in a little plastic house. These toys, called Halloween Hide-a-Ways, were by Hallmark and sold at Hardee's restaurants in fall 1989. What's funny is it doesn't seem as if they were a kids meal premium but rather an additional purchase when you bought Hash Round potatoes or a dessert.