While going through my archives for the CountdownToHalloween this month, I realized I had a few older Halloween seasonal M&M’s packages I never covered before. So I gathered them together for today’s post which I think presents a nice look at how M&M’s Halloween packaging has evolved over time.
To start off today’s historical look back, I have an M&M’s “Holiday” package, which was something Mars did in the late 80’s/early 90’s – giving consumers assortments of M&M’s themed for the seasons by color. I am fairly sure that this predates any actual Halloween themes they used on the large product packages as it also predates their introduction of the M&M’s character mascot family, but I might not be correct on that.
Next up is what I believe to be one of the earliest actual Halloween-themed M&M’s packs – and it’s a fun one featuring a 1990’s M&M’s styled mascot in a witches’ hat and broom.
During the 1990’s Mars introduced M&M’s Minis to the marketplace and they’re still around today, though I don’t see them as often. From that early period in M&M’s Minis life comes this next piece – a large package created for Halloween that contained 18 fun-size M&M’s Minis boxes:
Here’s an example of what one of the Minis fun-size boxes looked like (I didn’t have these stored together, so I’m not sure they are a matching set – but they probably are):
Finally, we jump ahead to the mid-to-late 2000’s, with another lovely Halloween themed M&M’s package. At this point, the branding had been termed the “Pumpkin Mix” and Halloween graphics were printed on each individual M&M candy piece. It’s awfully cool that they printed little Jack-O-Latern graphics on each M&M. These also feature the modern, rendered versions of the M&M’s character mascots:
At this point I’m a bit embarrassed to say that my evolutionary coverage needs to come to a halt as I couldn’t find my more recent Halloween M&M’s packages in time for today’s post.
I do encourage you to check out some of the neat Halloween M&M’s releases I’ve covered in the past with Candy Corn M&M’s, Pumpkin Spice M&M’s and their Halloween-themed theater-sized boxes.
And that’s everything for today’s post and my look back at M&M’s historical Halloween packaging evolution. See you next time!
(Well, one more thing to share – not necessarily Halloween, but very Halloweenish – it’s the Addams Family done up as M&M’s on a promotion for Dark Chocolate M&M’s)
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I’m enjoying the countdown so far. Love that Pumpkin Mix bag!
Great post as usual! Boy, I sure miss the innocence of the older M&M mascots. Today’s are annoying and vulgar…ugh