McDonald’s The Real Ghostbusters Promotion

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During The Real Ghostbusters first full year in 1987 McDonald’s and Columbia Pictures came together with a theme, to sell your parents a cheeseburger (or McNugget) happy meal, and naturally include a The Real Ghostbusters toy.

The theme for the multiple Happy Meal boxes had to do with going back to school. Each meal box had fun and educational, (my 9 year old self wouldn’t have quite thought of them in that way) activities included on them.

The four theme related “places” are:

  • Headquarters
  • Library
  • Museum
  • Schoolhouse

Each The Real Ghostbusters meal box included one of the following toys. Really, The Real Ghostbusters stationary set.

  1. A Mr. Stay-Puft pencil sharpener.
  2. “Containment Chamber.” A clear pouch with a ghost design.
  3. The Real Ghostbusters pencil with Slimer/Fire House topper.
  4. A Mr. Stay-Puft note pad and “no ghost” logo eraser.
  5. A Mr. Stay-Puft note pad and The Real Ghostbusters 6″ ruler.

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