Remember Avon’s Gilroy the Ghost?

What’s a mother to do when her child has both chapped lips and is afraid of the dark? Don’t worry Mom, Avon’s got the perfect solution with Gilroy the Ghost. Gilroy kept me safe at night, long after the lip balm was used, or more likely, melted after being left in a hot car. My sister had a caterpillar variation, but I always felt that Gilroy was the better of the two glowing finger puppets. I thought of Gilroy as a happy ghost, but now as an adult, those eyes look a bit mournful. Too bad Avon doesn’t still make Gilroy, because if they did, they’d have at least one sale.



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3 thoughts on “Remember Avon’s Gilroy the Ghost?

  1. Curt Hanks says:

    I had Gilroy! I thought he was pretty cool! Then one time, while trying to quickly recharge his glow, I propped him next to the lightbulb on a lamp. About an hour later we smelled burning and saw smoke coming from the lamp. Poor Gilroy had fallen against the bulb and melted! :(

  2. Chris Ayers says:

    What a great post and memory! These were perfect with other figures (like when my Star Wars Death Star play set was invaded by a terrifying ghost), and the lip balm was great, too. Does Avon still sell Skin So Soft lotion, the best insect repellent?

  3. Lisa Lewis says:

    I still have my guy. I called him Ghosty Coasty. I still call him Ghosty Coasty. He sits right next to my computer. He still glows. I was looking for another one vintage to buy. Sometimes they will be for sale. Anyway. Just thought I’d share.

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