You may or may not have noticed, but very quietly over the last few years, McDonald’s re-introduced the classic McBoo Pails into the Halloween lexicon. We certainly remember the classic pumpkin, witch, and ghost pails that came with our Happy Meals in the 1980s and 1990s.
After disappearing for years, the buckets came back with a commercialized vengeance. In previous years, they’ve at the very least been Halloween-themed takes on Mr. Potato Head and Scooby Doo. But this year, they’ve really cynically outdone themselves by not even being Halloween-themed. And on top of that, they’re gendered with tie-ins to Monster High and Angry Birds Star Wars. In a word, they’re terrible.
Fortunately, we have Cheetos to rescue us. And isn’t that always the case in life?
This year Cheetos has dived head first into the Halloween spirit with a Mummy-themed bucket full of trick-or-treat-sized bags of Cheetos. And I was pretty excited to buy this Cheeto Bucket just so I could say and type out the words “Cheeto Bucket.” It rules.
The wife and I also had this conversation:
Her: And we can hand out the mini-bags of Cheetos to the older trick-or-treaters!
Me: Wait, what? You doubt my ability to polish off 15 snack-size bags of these before October 31st?
In fact, I have to get to work on eating those Cheetos, because I totally plan to use this bucket for top secret Halloween “stuff.” (And I have no idea what that entails, but yeah, I’m using this bucket somehow.)
If I was a kid, I would not be ashamed to rock this bucket trick-or-treating. It’s hefty-sized and could hold a decent amount of candy. Take that, punk Angry Birds bucket.
As an added bonus, the bags of Cheetos themselves glow-in-the-dark. It’s an exciting feature if you don’t think about it too hard. In fact, the first thing I did upon getting home with Cheeto Bucket is lock myself in the dark bathroom with one of the bags and confirm that it did, in fact, glow.
YES! It was all of 1.2 seconds of unmatched, unadulterated excitement, and then it was gone—but it was worth it.
Cheetos’ marketing material suggests the bags can be used as spooky, glowing decorations after the Cheetos are consumed, but I don’t think I should acknowledge that any further. Cheetos, we’re not decorating our house with trash.