According to McDonald’s press release, this year’s Boo Buckets are available at participating locations until stock runs out. Each pail comes with a Happy Meal, with the options of a hamburger, 4-piece McNugget, or 6-piece McNugget, along with apple slices, fries, and a kid’s drink. The price will vary in price based on location, but typically Happy Meals costs between $5 and $7.50.
Besides the short window to purchase them, the other issue irking customers was the lack of a lid, something many also complained about with last year’s Boo Buckets. I didn’t get last year’s because it didn’t have a lid. Looks like I’m doing the same this year,” commented one person on Snackolator’s Instagram post. “Why no lids… again??” wrote another disgruntled fan.
As a way to remind fast food customers that they have an alternative to McDonald’s Boo Buckets, Burger King unveiled that it will be debuting its own Halloween pail, simply called the “Trick-or-Heat” bucket, which will be released on the appropriate date of Friday, October 13. The bucket is black and glows in the dark, and coincides with Burger King’s Ghost Pepper Whopper and Ghost Pepper Chicken Fries, which will both be in stores beginning on October 12. Unlike the Boo Buckets, a “Trick-or-Heat” basket (which also doesn’t seem to have a lid) can be added to any meal for $1.