Hold onto your capes and broomsticks - McDonald's Happy Meals are about to get a spooky makeover, just in time for Halloween.

Boo Buckets have brought ghoulishly good times to Halloween in the United States since 1986. The first buckets premiered with three designs: McBoo, McPunk'n, and McGhoul. Since then, different iterations of the trick-or-treat Happy Meal have appeared on the McDonald's Menu until 2016.

2016 was a challenging year for Boo Bucket fans. From 2016 to 2022, Boo Buckets disappeared from the McDonald's menu (you could say the restaurant chain ghosted them.)

But, the Halloween-themed baskets made their terrifyingly triumphant return in 2023. The return was a roaring success. McDonald's locations in Wyoming sold out of buckets - the witch bucket was particularly coveted in Cheyenne (I know because I drove to several McDonald's to get one...yes, I was that person.)

According to an announcement from McDonald's, the Boo Buckets will start haunting the menu on October 17, 2023. This year there's no witch on the Boo Bucket lineup - instead, kids (and, let's be honest, their nostalgic parents...) will receive either a mummy, a monster, a vampire, or a skeleton bucket. McDonald's is leaning hard into nostalgia with these designs - the vampire is premiering on a bucket with a purple color scheme that hasn't been seen since 1994.

Can You Pick Your Bucket Design?

If last year is any indication of how the bucket bonanza will go, customers won't be able to select their bucket design. Last year, Wyoming McDonald's got each bucket design in consecutive waves - Cheyenne started out with the orange pumpkin before receiving the ghost and witch. It's a smart marketing move from McDonald's because anyone who wants the whole collection will have to return to locations several times to collect 'em all.

What Will a Boo Bucket Cost?

Boo Buckets typically cost the same as a Happy Meal - the bucket replaces the toy and comes with a sheet of stickers for the kids to decorate the bucket with.

LOOK: How Halloween has changed in the past 100 years

Stacker compiled a list of ways that Halloween has changed over the last 100 years, from how we celebrate it on the day to the costumes we wear trick-or-treating. We’ve included events, inventions, and trends that changed the ways that Halloween was celebrated over time. Many of these traditions were phased out over time. But just like fake blood in a carpet, every bit of Halloween’s history left an impression we can see traces of today.

Gallery Credit: Brit McGinnis

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