The US Postal Service has never issued a stamp for Halloween, until this year. In the spirit of Halloween, the Postal Service issues a stamp featuring photographs of four different jack-o’-lanterns. The Postal Service said they picked these four images of carved pumpkins because they are a symbol that represents the holiday since the early 19th century.

These creatively carved pumpkins have been symbols of Halloween in the United States since the late 19th century, not long after celebrations of the holiday began here. These are the first Halloween-themed stamps issued by the Postal Service. According to,  Paul Montanari designed and carved the pumpkins under the art direction of Derry Noyes of Washington, DC.  Sally Andersen-Bruce photographed the lit jack-o’-lanterns used on the stamps.