McDonald’s Celebrates Halloween with Haunted Restaurant & Giveaways

There’s even a graveyard for discontinued menu items.

By Ethan L. Johns
October 12, 2018

Image: McDonald’s

When you’re in the mood for a good scare, generally you don’t head for the comforting predictability of your local fast food joint.

But this year, McDonald’s is putting on quite the spooky spectacle by turning one Chicago location into a haunted restaurant, complete with an LED lightshow and freebies.

The burger chain’s Halloween celebration began this weekend, when it unveiled its outdoor installation. According to a release, it includes a 1,630-square-foot LED screen with 10,000 individual lights, as well as hundreds of jack-o-lanterns, ghosts and skeletons. Spooky music complements a menu item cemetery, where the McPizza, the McD.L.T. and Onion Nuggets have been laid to rest.

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For those who choose to dine at Mickey D’s across the country, a brand-new instant-win game (called “Trick. Treat. Win!”) is featured on food packaging. Customers can win food, vacations and even a new car.

If you want to catch the lightshow, it will be run two times every hour from 7 p.m. to 11 p.m. local time until October 31st. Or, if you won’t be able to make it, check out this sneak peek on YouTube.

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About Ethan L. Johns

Ethan is the Food News Writer at Genius Kitchen. An expert on the Parisian bistrot, he likes bitters and salted butters, and is no fan of dessert unless it's made with fruit. His hobbies include reading up on the history of borscht and attempting to roll perfect couscous by hand. Twits & Instagram @EthanLJohns