October Instagram Giveaway of Doom II

Win a box full of morbid curiosities for the 2nd annual Instagram Halloween contest.
Memento mori box of weird featuring macabre oddities
Memento mori

Last October I asked Cult readers to answer trivia questions by posting photos or videos representing the answers on Instagram. The photo with the correct (and most creative) answer won a “Box of Weird” filled with Halloween trinkets and a copy of Cult contributor J. Nathan Couch’s book Goatman: Flesh or Folklore?

There were a lot of great answers using skulls, bones, Legos wearing necropants, hand-drawn art and more. So…I’ve decided to do it again. Except I’m upping the ante this time. Last year’s zombie finger puppets, rubber bugs, plastic skeletons and nose-shaped pencil sharpeners were fun, but I’ve been gathering things all year to make these boxes of weird much weirder.

Since Cult of Weird deals in morbid curiosities, I decided to dig up four MEMENTO MORI themed boxes featuring macabre contributions from a few of my favorite brands, as well as a haunting new release by author Colin Dickey from Viking Books.

What’s in the box?

There are only 4 boxes, available exclusively through this contest. No, sadly none of them contain Gwyneth Paltrow’s head. But each one does include:

Dead Sled Brand buttons and patches from Poison Apple Printshop
Coffin keychain, Dead Sled Brand buttons, “The Pallbearers” patch from Poison Apple Printshop

Black spine Halloween candle from Grave Digger Candles
Black spine candle from Grave Digger Candles

White scarab specimen preserved in lucite
White scarab specimen preserved in lucite

Ghostland by Colin Dickey
Ghostland: An American History in Haunted Places by Colin Dickey

How to Enter

Follow Cult of Weird on Instagram and watch for a new question to be posted every Monday morning throughout October. Get creative and share a photo or video representing the correct answer on Instagram. Mention @cultofweird in the description and include hashtag #cultofweird so I’ll see it.

The winner will be chosen on Fridays.

UPDATE: 10/29/2016 The contest has ended. Here are the results:

Beeswax Feline Skull Candles from Grave Digger Candles

Look what the cat dragged in: New feline skull beeswax candles freshly exhumed from the grave digger’s pet cemetery.
Halloween candles cast from real cat skulls
New for Halloween: Feline skull candles

The flickering warm glow and natural honey aroma of pure beeswax candles mixes well with the macabre in the case of the bone-shaped memento mori luminaries from Grave Digger Candles. Last year the online shop launched with the “Grave Wax” collection, which included spine candles cast from real human vertebrae, as well as small skull candles and gothic coffin candles.

Now, for the 2016 Halloween season it seems the grave digger has been busy in the pet cemetery exhuming his own personal friendly familiars – all-natural, hand-poured beeswax feline skulls cast from real bone. They are available in two styles: Adult cat skull candle and kitten skull tea light candle.

The candles are lifesize and cast from real cat skulls. Each one is hand-poured with pure, all-natural beeswax for it’s clean, petroleum-free burn and air-cleansing properties. And don’t worry, nothing was killed to produce these candles.

Creep out your Halloween party guests with these new cat skull candles

Find these and other beeswax oddities at Grave Digger Candles.

Freshly Exhumed: Grave Digger Candles

The Grave Digger Candles shop launched today! Get your beeswax spines, skulls and coffins in time for Halloween.
Grave Digger Candles just in time for Halloween

We’ve been working behind the scenes here at Cult of Weird to get these ready for Halloween: Grave Digger Candles. Each candle is handmade by resident mad taxidermist Rob Reysen here in the backwoods of Wisconsin using only 100% all-natural, unscented beeswax.

It all started earlier this year when I told Rob we would have a vendor table at the Milwaukee Paranormal Conference. He retreated into the dark corners of his taxidermy shop and began working feverishly to concoct something with just the right amount of macabre.

That’s when I started receiving strange photos.

When he finally emerged, Rob had created a new abomination to unleash upon the world.

The candles made their debut on the Cult of Weird table at the conference back in June, but today we are happy to announce that they are finally available online just in time for Halloween.

Beeswax coffin candle
Toe-Pincher Coffin Candle

Beeswax skull candle
Skull Candle

Beeswax spine candle
Small Spine Candle

Grave Digger Candles
The grave digger himself.

Check out the official Etsy shop: Grave Digger Candles