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Trick or Treat.
Denise and husband Chris display awards for their first day cover cachets in the annual American First Day Cover Society contest.
The Stamp Collecting Report, I'm Lloyd de Vries.
Some people build collections of stamps with supernatural themes — skeletons, graveyards and more. And there is now an organization for them: The Halloween Spooktacular Stamp Club, founded by Denise Lazaroff.
"They can just collect one thing Halloween or they can collect everything Halloween."
LdeV: "Do you also cover supernatural?"
DL: "Yes, we do. We also cover Harry Potter and Edgar Allan Poe." RUNS :12
Like many subject collectors, Lazaroff's stamp collecting theme comes from a wider interest.
"I've always been into Halloween since my girls were small. When they were teenagers, I used to have parties once a year and scare the bejeebies out of teenages, because that's so fun to do." RUNS :12
The club is a study unit of the American Topical Association, the national organization for people who collect stamps by subject.
The Halloween Spooktacular Stamp Club covers a wide area, even movie monsters and Batman.
Members don't just collect U-S stamps, which Lazaroff says is a good thing.
"A lot of the foreign countries have a lot of Halloween-considered stamps, but the U-S does not have very many." RUNS :09
The U-S has now climbed on the bandwagon — or maybe that's a hearse — with its first Halloween stamps, the Jack O'Lanterns.
American Topical Association:
I'm Lloyd de Vries of The Virtual Stamp Club. For more on stamps and stamp collecting, visit virtual-stamp-club-dot-com.
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