X-E’s Shoebox Die-O-Rama Art Contest!

EDIT: Comments are back up as of 5 PM Sunday! YAY.

Some of you asked if I was going to run any new artsy Halloween contests this year. Yes, I am! Right now!

It’s time for X-E’s Shoebox Die-O-Rama Contest!

Your mission: Use a shoebox to create some kind of spooky Halloween diorama. You can give it any kind of specific theme — a graveyard diorama, an Elm Street diorama, an undersea monster attack diorama — whatever you want! So long as we can effectively classify your diorama as “spooky” or “Halloweeny,” it’s valid!

You can use whatever materials you prefer: Paper, clay, plastics, cereal bits, blah blah blah. The one and only rule is that your diorama must be housed within the cardboard confines of a shoebox.

Entries will be judged by me and a team of people who just happen to be on AIM whenever I decide to do the judging.

And there will be prizes!

The grand prize winner will receive this amazing “Bloody Mary” Living Dead Doll, which is absolutely disturbing and would look just great rested upon the faux fireplace in the corner of your living room. Five runners-up will receive a random scary DVD of my choosing.

You have two weeks to send me a photo of your diorama. Please include the title of your piece with a brief description. This contest ends on Saturday, September 26th at 10 PM. Winners will be announced within one week of that time. :)

Oh, and if you can’t figure out what the fuck a diorama in a shoebox is supposed to look like, here’s an example:

You probably won’t win if yours looks anything like that, though.

Other rules: Contest is open to everyone, no matter where they live — BUT, if you’re on the other side of the planet, I reserve the right to send you an Amazon gift certificate instead of something that will cost me an additional 70,000 dollars to ship.

Get out your construction paper, and make with the creepy creativity. GOOD LUCK.

PS: The Jukebox has been refreshed with almost twice as many songs. Call it inspiration!

PPS: I can’t believe that “shoebox” isn’t a real word. I’m told it’s supposed to be “shoe box.” I refuse to adhere.

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225 Responses to X-E’s Shoebox Die-O-Rama Art Contest!

  1. Fox says:

    Paranormal Activity looks really cool. I can’t believe it’s coming to my town, Durham, NC in a few weeks.

  2. DJ D says:

    jossimbyr: Good show on the Zombina and the Skeletons and Zombeast. I’ve been listening to a lot of Zombina lately.

    I think I’m starting to understand Yuan Jingese as well. It’s slowly changing my life.

    And I’m sorry, I guess I’ll have to turn in my Guy Card for saying this, but I think Megan Fox is absolutely overrated. I just don’t see it. I can think of 10 other actresses off the top of my head that are far more attractive and can actually act. I just don’t get what the big deal is about her. I mean, she’s kind of hot and everything, but there are a million actresses out there that are kind of hot, and she just kind of comes off like an idiot. I’ll probably see Jennifer’s Body eventually on DVD or TV, but of the two leads, I think Amanda Seyfried is a lot more interesting.

  3. Oh, man. You guys got me really interested in seeing that movie and it isn’t coming to Baltimore. :-(

  4. Teddy Ray says:


  5. LemonyShepard says:

    Haha the shadows on the shoebox say “hoebox die-o”

    I don’t know why that made me laugh…but glad to see the comments working again!

  6. Teddy Ray says:

    Dammit. That f’ing jackass. Anyway, as I was saying…I don’t listen to Taylor Swift OR Beyonce, but I’ll gladly put their videos on mute and play some decent music. 😀

    Matt, no matter what you’re paying Yuan Jing to post, it’s too much. Pay Rev. instead.

    Ooh, Paranormal Activity does look good. I’m really pumped for Zombieland. Anybody else? I REALLY hope I’m back up and about so I can go see that. I’ve missed too many movies because of my broken bones.

    Finally, for something that will haunt your dreams, go here: http://labs.mppark.jp/hige/
    Here’s what you do (it’s in Japanese): click change, then click upload, use a picture of you (or anyone) looking straight ahead, then click the frame that says “You” (you may have to click it twice). Good luck sleeping tonight.

  7. kittymao says:

    Thanks for the compliments on my die-o-rama progress, y’all. I haven’t sculpted in a long time so I was really worried I wouldn’t be able to do what my brain saw.

    In the Megan Fox Front, I have to agree with the Deej.
    She’s kind of hot- but not crazy hot.
    She looks like the kind of girl you’d cheat on your girlfriend with at a drunken frat party.

  8. tanta07 says:

    Well, I think Megan Fox is smokin’ hot, but that seems to be her only attribute of note. But that’s enough for me.

  9. Darth Galvatron says:

    DJ D Agree with you on MF. There are far better looking actresses out there can actually act. MF always looks so orange.

    I really hope she enjoys her fame now. In a few years (and that’s only because of the 3rd TF movie) she’ll be doing soft pRon. Or hardcore pRon.

    kittymao You dio is coming along nicely.

    Thanks to Yuan, I now want a sandwich from a deli.

  10. DJ D says:

    I just want to say thank you Matt, not only for everything you do around here, but for using your Halloween Jukeboxy powers to ensure that the Haunted Mansion “Grim Grinning Ghosts” song is implanted in my brain for the rest of the day. I can’t shake it…and I don’t really want to.

  11. squee4242 says:

    Yeah, I really didn’t start to get into Megan Fox until I noticed the wonderfully trashy tattoos and amazing interviews. Now I love her, toe-thumb and all. Thank goodness Jennifer’s Body and New York, I Love You are finally coming out, because I was about to have to actually see Tranny 2 for a MF/SLB fix.

    As far as being schlocky, Jennifer’s Body’s definitely going to be an exploitation flick, but it’s also Diablo Cody’s followup to Juno, so I wouldn’t say it’s exactly SyFy Saturday night fare. I never actually saw Juno because it suffered from Napoleon Dynamite syndrome for me (ruined by too many “hilarious” quotations by people) so I’m interested to see what all the fuss is about.

  12. Neg says:

    My opinion on her royal skankiness


    I’m talking about Philly D.

    DeFranco Nation, represent~

  13. mandy_Reeves says:

    what a frikkin cool sociology class I have! Have to write a 3-4 page paper on the sociological aspects of a Jack Nicholson film of our choosing. YES!

    my baby sister(baby to me anyway…she’s 8 yrs younger and 23) gets married on Saturday, and I need someone from NYC to tell me how to get from Penn station to Grand central station

    are they near one another? I get to NYC at like 9:45 and the Metro North leaves Grandcentral at 10 something

  14. Thanks, Nicole. I’m afraid he doesn’t have much longer. But sharing it with you guys really has helped.

    Kittymao, the sculptures are amazing! I can’t wait to see the final product.

  15. ericnrosesmom says:

    No halloween dots at cvs either. (sobbing uncontrolably)

  16. ULTRAMAN says:

    ericnrosesmom: Will we ever find our beloved Halloween Dots? Only time will tell. The saga continues.

  17. Shawn says:


    On Staten Island I’ve seen ‘Halloween dots’ in CVS, Kmart, Pathmark, ‘Super Stop And Shop’ and Target. If you can’t find them in a regional version of one of those stores, heres an online option.


    Until Then…Trick or Treat

  18. Tutsuro says:

    I’ll chip in on this Megan Fox zeitgeist we got- she looked good until she kinda fucked up her lips. Like in her first FHM spread…which was 4 years ago now. She look too phony these days.
    For the record, I think lad mags suck…but still.

    Oh, and Neg DeFranco is pretty awesome.

  19. DJ D says:

    After much contemplation and review over the last few days I have concluded that the following is the BEST 80’S CARTOON INTRO SONG EVER. But I want to be clear. I’m not saying it’s the best cartoon (although it is a good one). It just has the best intro song:

  20. mandy_Reeves says:

    nm I mapquested it

  21. ~Rae~ says:

    Tanta07– I have seen The Rev (Reverend Horton Heat) live twice, and I cannot wait to see them again a third time this winter! :) Need to find one of those cool swing dresses to wear to stand out!

    jossimbyr– Had no idea The Legendary Shack Shakers had a song in a Geico commericial! So weird! I think they had a song in an episode of True Blood last year. Saw them live in Austin a few years ago- got sprayed by JD the lead singer…lol. I didnt know he took swigs of stuff and sprayed it out on the audience. Mind blowing show of course.

    kittymao– I have 3 albums that get constant play in my car at Christmas- Los Straitjackets, The Rev., and the Charlie Brown Christmas album. So glad to know there are others out there that love the retro music!

    Big McLargehuge– so sorry about your cat…

  22. Darth Galvatron says:

    DJ D Such an 80’s them song. It’s rad!!

  23. jossimbyr says:

    ~Rae~ – Yeah, it was the gecko riding with a guy in a convertible. They drove through a tunnel. I don’t know if that was a sly reference to the content of ‘The C.B. Song’ or not.

  24. Talia says:

    “Hallo Party” — this reminds me. Whatever became of your Halloween Crab? Is he not technically a Halloween topic?

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