Showing posts with label McDonalds. Show all posts
Showing posts with label McDonalds. Show all posts

Five of McDonald's Best Halloween Promotions

Monday, October 3, 2022

It's no shock to longtime readers of this site, but it's something people don't often mention these days for fear of social ostracising.  So here goes my confession:  I am a huge fan of McDonald's.  

Sure, their food isn't healthy and yes the menu isn't nearly as good as many restaurants, but the Golden Arches will always hold a special place in my heart.  

My Mom would take me on occasional weekday afternoons or Saturday mornings while running errands and it was a special treat that always meant a lot to me.  When I was young, my family often ordered Chinese food on Fridays or special events like birthdays when we did take-out for dinner.  I didn't like Chinese food as a kid, so my parents would always take a special trip to the drive-thru at McDonald's for a cheeseburger and fries just for me.  


Thinking back on McDonald's reminds me of those trips with Mom when I was really young or those Christmas mornings looking forward to the gift certificate coupon booklets in my stocking, WHICH YOU CAN READ ABOUT HERE.

My wife reminded me a few weeks ago about another special memory of McDonald's that hadn't occurred to me in over a decade.  It turns out that when we both first learned to drive, the McDonald's drive-thru was one of the first places we headed to in order to feel more like "an adult."  We used our newfound independence by ordering our own meals from the driver's seat for the first time.

With the recent news that the McDonald's Halloween Happy Meal Pails are coming back, I thought it'd be a great time to open up our 2022 Halloween season by looking back at 5 of McDonald's classic Halloween promotions. 

So, without further ado, let's get into what I consider Five of McDonald's Best Halloween Promotions!

Five Classic Christmas Commercials!

Monday, December 13, 2021

We're well on our way to Christmas and almost halfway through December!  Boy, how time flies!  What better way to keep the momentum going than watching some old television commercials from when we were young and full of Christmas wonder?  


Nostalgia geeks like me often spend many hours watching "found footage" on Youtube dubbed from someone's home videotapes.  Great folks on the internet will edit and clean up the footage to compile old commercials into hours of great footage. 

Some kind soul will spend their free time reviewing old VHS tapes, convert them to digital, and then upload them to the internet.  That one long-lost memory will be given a "forever space" on the internet, just waiting to be enjoyed by the people who've spent years looking for it.  Bless these people.  

These days, if you're like me, you fast forward through as many commercials as you can.  This Thanksgiving, my family watched network television for the first time in over a year as we tuned in to WPIX (Channel 11 in New York) for our traditional viewing of Laurel and Hardy's "March of the Wooden Soldiers." We left it on to play in the background but quickly noticed that every three commercial spots were filled by the same Public Service Announcement for a medical procedure or medicine or what have you.  No wonder everyone is so crazed if that's all they hear every 5 minutes all day!   I digress...

You probably aren't a fan of commercials now, but I guarantee that you can remember (and probably even sing) at least 3 jingles from ads from your childhood.  I have a whole series of commercials I fondly remember, which you can head over to the "Collections" page and check out.  But that was back when companies invested significant money in advertising and had things like jingles or gimmicks to catch your attention.   One of the nice things about commercials from years gone by is that they remind me of a different time or specific memory.  

The commercials back then all had a holiday flair to them and kept the festive Christmas spirit going between a Christmas special or themed sitcom episode breaks.  Heck, even the car commercials got into the act!  Remember the "Lexus Christmas Sales Event" commercials as the shiny new car would wind its way through snow-covered woods to arrive in time for Christmas morning, complete with a giant bow on the car once its intended recipient woke up in the morning?  

Or who could forget the so-annoyingly-awful-they're-great Hyundai commercials from 2010 (11 years ago already!) featuring the singing duo Pomplamoose?  (CLICK HERE TO BE REMINDED!)

Now that Pomplamoose is stuck in your head, click below to see Five Classic Christmas Commercials!

Retro Scans: 1989 McDonald's Roger Rabbit Halloween Coupons

Thursday, October 28, 2021

One of the things I looked forward to getting as a gift when I was a kid would be McDonald's Gift Coupon booklets.  These "McDonald's bucks" (as my brother and I called them) would often appear in my Christmas stocking and still smell like the salt and grease of the french fries they sat next to in the bag of food. If you would, please check out my article from a few years back about getting these fantastic old-school versions of gift cards  BY CLICKING HERE.


Rather than run a Happy Meal promotion that targeted children, McDonald's decided to run a special "super-size" promotion for Disney's 1988 movie "Who Framed Roger Rabbit."  The move was designed to appeal to teens and young adults, whom the movie was also targeting.  

I recently acquired this Roger Rabbit "Happy Halloween Certificates" on eBay.  There's a lot of these out there, and they are very affordable, but I thought it would be a great addition to this site as we wrap up our Halloween celebration.  

The booklet contained several coupons for 3 different items.  A free ice cream cone, free cookies, or free fruit pie.  At the back of the booklet is a coupon for a free Roger Rabbit car window plush with a purchase of the movie on videocassette.  The seller on eBay included a puffy sticker with my item, so I've included that here for you to enjoy too!

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5 Things I Miss About Going to McDonalds in the 90s

Wednesday, January 20, 2021

McDonald's recently ran a "Walt Disney World" Happy Meal promotion that celebrated a new ride at Disney's Hollywood Studios down in Orlando, Florida.  Each of the ten toys represented a different ride, like Minnie on a Pirate Ship (Pirates of the Caribbean) or Mickey in a Rocket Ship (Space Mountain.)  My daughter is a GIANT Mickey Mouse fan, so we, of course, had to get her a few of these toys. 
My wife and I have so many fond memories of visiting McDonald's during our childhoods, so we thought it would be fun for our daughter, even if she likely won't remember it.  Aside from the 40th Anniversary Happy Meal from 2019 (READ ABOUT IT HERE), we both haven't had a Happy Meal in decades, and since our little one is too young to eat the food yet, the meals were for us, and the toy was for her.  

We had a blast on our little adventure in search of Mickey toys.  On that Saturday, when she wouldn't take a nap, we threw her in the car (a sure-fire nap) and hit up about 8 local McDonald's in search of some of the ten toys.  We asked before ordering to find out what toy they had available and found out that only 4 of the ten were only available and we'd have to wait a week for the rest.  
The toys included tickets to enter a contest to win a trip to Disney, but due to COVID, the whole promotion was delayed several months, and the dates on the ticket were wrong.  Avoiding legal issues, Disney pulled the toys with the promise to remove the tickets before re-releasing them.  A week later, the toys returned for only two or three days before McDonald's canceled the Disney World promotion due to their next toy contract's hard start date.  The story has a happy ending, though, as Grandpa found them on eBay and made sure she has a full set for when she's older. 
Back in the 90s, McDonald's was such a large part of my childhood memories, and I'm sure for many of you, as well.  We didn't go very often, just the occasional Saturday afternoon when my Mom was looking to get out of the house.  Most often, it would be when she'd pick me up after half-day Kindergarten, and once her errands were complete, we'd stop at McDonald's on the way home.
That excursion for our daughter's Walt Disney toys really got me thinking about the 90s and how much fun we as kids had on our trips to the Golden Arches, so, without spoiling all my fun memories, here are 5 things I miss about McDonald's of the 90s!

McDonalds Bucks in My Christmas Stocking

Friday, December 13, 2019

My family was never really that big on Christmas stockings.  We didn't have a fireplace or a chimney so they just kind of rested on the back of the living room sofa.  I remember bugging my Dad one year when it dawned on me that while the house had a chimney outside... we didn't have a fireplace inside.  He tried to explain to my 6 year old brain that the chimney was attached to the furnace down in the basement but this really upset me because how would Santa get into the house and not get hurt?  He told me he'd enter through the window in my Parent's bedroom since it was next to the chimney.  I found that acceptable I guess.

Anyway, back to stockings... we had a basic red ones with white trim and our names were sewn on with green yarn.  My Mom would always make sure to buy some goodies and trinkets at the CVS or the Dollar Store and toss them in.  Chocolate gold coins, funny pencil erasers, gum, candy, maybe a koosh ball... but the ULTIMATE stocking stuffer gift back then was the McDonald's Gift Certificate coupon booklets! 


Today they come in credit card style gift cards or even online electronic gift certificates, but back then they were shaped like little dollar bills and so my Brother Matt and I called them "McDonald's Bucks!"

McDonald's 40th Anniversary Happy Meal Review

Saturday, November 9, 2019


Excited about the news of retro toys from our childhood, my wife and I made it a point to head out and get the limited time McDonald's 40th Anniversary Surprise Happy Meal.  Now, since at the moment we are a few (three) months away from our first child, the two of us haven't purchased a Happy Meal in probably 20 or 25 years. 

Boy, were we surprised how the Happy Meal has changed.  You can only order a Hamburger, a 4 piece, or a 6 piece chicken nugget meal.  Really?  A cheeseburger is unavailable for purchase.  Of all the things making children fat today... a slice of American cheese ain't it, folks.  

McDonald's Is Bringing Back Classic Happy Meal Toys

Wednesday, November 6, 2019

Just a heads up to my fellow retro geeks:

McDonald's is celebrating the 40th anniversary of the Happy Meal by bringing back retro toys in a limited time offering of "Surprise Happy Meals."


You can only purchase these November 7th to November 11th, so get on this people!  It starts tomorrow (as of the time I post this) to Monday the 11th.