Honor Your Favorite Deceased Infomercial Celebrity This Halloween

One of the inexpensive Halloween costume ideas suggested by readers was to dress in honor of the deceased and beloved infomercial pitchman Billy Mays. (This costume is especially simple if you already have dark hair and a beard.) Today, Billy Mays III announced a Billy Mays costume contest, sponsored and judged by his friends and colleagues at Sullivan Productions.

Showing that they have a sense of humor, zombie-themed costumes are acceptable.

Here’s how to enter:

1. Simply send a photo of your costume to wheresbillymays@gmail.com along with your contact info (email and/or twitter will do)
2. Be tasteful. (Zombies ARE permitted)
3. Project your voice.
4. Have fun.

Deadline for entry is Wednesday, November 4.

Hallow-clean Contest. [Where’s Billy Mays?]


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  1. MattSaintCool says:

    Billy Mays here for rolling over in my grave!

    In other news, a Billy Mays zombie would never have stained clothing.

  2. GitEmSteveDave_FeelsLikeABurningAngel says:

    I really admire how young Billy has continued on, and honored his father in a way he would have done himself.

  3. JPropaganda says:

    I’m a big fan of billy mays. This is a picture of me when I met him TWO WEEKS before he passed away.

  4. 12-Inch Idongivafuck Sandwich says:

    Hmmm…I wish I had known a few weeks ago, coulda started growing the beard and made it legit…

  5. krom says:

    But my favorite infomercial celebrity is the Saladmaster guy.

  6. Snakeophelia says:

    Actually, my hubby and I are going as live commercial celebrities this year. He’s going to be the Sham Wow guy and I’m going to be Flo from the Progressive commercials. I look forward to being perky enough to drive people insane.

  7. diasdiem says:

    Skinny bastards from Jersey are stuck going as the Sham-Wow guy.

  8. pecan 3.14159265 says:

    Being a girl, a Billy Mays costume would be awkward.

  9. ergasiophobiac says:

    This might be a bad costume idea if you go for any sort of accuracy. I can picture people asking, “Is that OxiClean under your nose?”
    In all seriousness, I liked Billy Mays. I’m nothing but saddened not just by his death, but by what lead up to it.

  10. AHobbit says:

    Haha this is awesome, I’ve been growing out my beard for a week now in preparation for being Billy Mays, had no idea there was a contest.

    I thought I was the only one that though of this idea lol

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  12. theSuperman says:

    And I thought I was being original a few weeks ago when I decided to be Billy Mays for Halloween. I even started growing out my beard. Now I have to decide if I still want to do it.

  13. nstonep says:

    If anyone dresses like Billy Mays and covers their face in flour (or at least their nose) and comes to my door they get a face full of the peacemaker…no exceptions.

  14. The_Red_Monkey says:

    From watching Pitchmen, his dad seemed like he had a good sense of humor.

  15. almightytora says:

    I know I have received a lot of ads about Michael Jackson (as if he was the only dead celebrity we should honor by trying to be him).