Be prepared, in the near future your mailbox could get a little…spooky. On Tuesday, the United States Postal Service introduced a new series for 2019 of Halloween-themed stamps! The series, called “Spooky Silhouettes” features all your favorite creepy imagery surrounding the best holiday of the year- bats, spiders, cats, and ghosts! The official date for the launch of the stamps will be released at a later time. The USPS had this to say in their official news release:
Halloween has long been a holiday that lets us delight in the things that scare us. With the approach of autumn, Spooky Silhouettes stamps will offer fun, frightful scenes that symbolize this annual celebration. Four stamps feature digital illustrations in which traditional Halloween motifs are rendered as black silhouettes in eerily back-lit windows. Artist Tyler Lang created the artwork. Art Director Greg Breeding designed the stamps.
The Postal Service has always seemed a little shy when it comes to spooky-themed stamps. The USPS first issued Halloween-themed stamps in 2016 with a line featuring Jack-o’-Lanterns. However, that’s not quite the only time your mail was graced with spooky imagery. My personal favorite came in 1997 with the launch of the “Classic Movie Monsters” series. As a five-year old, I was obsessed with the images of Boris Karloff’s Frankenstein and The Mummy, Lon Chaney’s The Phantom of the Opera, his son Lon Chaney Jr.’s The Wolfman, and lastly Bela Lugosi’s Dracula. I can proudly say I still own the full stamp sheets, the collector cards, and everything else I could get my hands on! Fortunately in my small hometown, I had a very friendly postmaster who always let me know when she had new items come in.