World’s craziest Halloween coffins

From KISS caskets to lions and airplanes, a plethora of burial boxes populate the world.

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You don’t have to be from such iconic Halloween towns such as Scarville, Iowa; Casper, Wyoming; or even Kill Devil Hills, North Carolina; to appreciate Halloween. Here we take a look at one of the iconic Halloween embellishments – the coffin.

KISS rock casket

Rock and roll all night, live eternity in a KISS rock casket. From the KISS website: “These burial caskets are made of 20-gauge steel and feature iconic KISS images with a striking black interior fabric. Both head panels display classic KISS logos. The Standard Design model is being revealed for the first time today. Its graphic layout featuring the classic and iconic 4 faces artwork is more subtle compared to the Premium Design.”

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Workers try out a coffin equipped with a karaoke system as they take a break at a casket manufacturing factory in the Philippines. Coffin manufacturer Robert Nogoy replaces the insides of a casket with a karaoke machine as a gimmick to surprise guests and lighten the mood of solemn funerals or Halloween parties.

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A Costa Rica fan displays a coffin, draped with the Mexican flag with a skeleton partially sticking out from it, on the back of his pickup truck outside the National Stadium before a practice session for Mexico's national soccer team.

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An employee works on a coffin in the shape of a fish. From fish-shaped coffins to slaughtered bulls, funerals in Africa are lavish affairs, providing a lucrative opportunity for insurance companies looking for business in some of the world's fastest growing economies. Many of the insurance industry's big money-spinners in developed markets, like motor insurance and cover for household goods, are irrelevant to the majority of Africans who cannot afford a range of expensive personal possessions. But high death rates and low savings levels mean funeral insurance is proving an easier sell among people daunted by the cost of ceremonies that can stretch to several months of income.

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For those media geeks.
 

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Coffins in the shape of a hand plane and a fish are seen in the workshop of Kane Kwei in the Teshi area of Accra.

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Fredrik Hjelmquist shows the CataCoffin in Stockholm. Music and video equipment store owner Hjelmquist said his hi-fi coffin would entertain the dead and provide solace for grieving friends and relatives by making it possible for them to alter the deceased's playlist online.

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A man lies inside a coffin as part of a therapy session at a mental health clinic in Shenyang on Dec. 12, 2012. The clinic opened three years ago and offers patients the experience of "death" by having them lie in a coffin as a form of therapy. The treatment, which lasts four to five hours, costs about $320. Apart from lying in the coffin, patients also have to record their feelings on paper before and after the experience, listen to a therapist's guidance and to relatives reading "epitaphs".

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An employee stands next to a cocoa pod shaped coffin from Ghana.

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The lion coffin.

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A skateboard shaped coffin.

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A coffin shaped like a ballet slipper.

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For the frequent flier.

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A trash skip-shaped coffin.

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Mercedes-shaped coffin.

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Guitar-shaped coffin.

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Alfred David, a 79-year-old Belgian man nicknamed "Monsieur Pingouin" (Mr. Penguin), walks dressed in his favorite hooded black and white penguin suit near his home in Brussels. The ultimate dream of David is to be buried in a coffin decorated with penguins, with his body dressed in a penguin suit, somewhere near Antarctica.

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An exhibitor shows a wooden coffin for pets during the Asia Funeral Expo.

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George Spencer sands a Rolls Royce shaped coffin at Vic Fearn and Company in Nottingham, central England on Nov. 2, 2007, Nottingham, Central England. Coffin-makers Vic Fearn and Company manufacture 20,000 conventional coffins a year in addition to their customized caskets.

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Director David Crampton opens a guitar-shaped casket at his "Crazy Coffins" exhibition in Nottingham, central England.

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A bottle opener shaped casket at his "Crazy Coffins" exhibition.