A pumpkin decorating contest went viral on Tuesday after the New Jersey State Police posted the photos on their Instagram account.
The photos are believed to have been snapped in the early morning hours of Sept. 9, 2017.
A number of social media users quickly shared the photos with the hashtag #happybirthday.
The pictures show a man in a pumpkin costume dressed in a pink dress, a red dress and a black hat, holding up a white cake.
One of the images is captioned: “Happy Birthday NJ.”
Another caption reads: “Love you NJ, my sweet New Jersey.”
Some of the other hashtags posted included #happybaby, #happyhalloween and #happynj.
The New Jersey Department of Transportation posted the images on its Facebook page.
The post has been shared over 8,000 times.
The department said in a statement on Wednesday that the “holiday decorations were not meant to be disrespectful to the holiday and the NJ State Police is aware of the situation.”
“It is unfortunate that some have taken offense to our decor and have posted derogatory and insulting comments on social media,” the department said.
The decorations were posted at the intersection of North State Street and Main Street in the Woodlands.
A group of residents and community members have also been making their feelings known on social networking sites in response to the Halloween decorations.
Some people have even started a GoFundMe page to help cover the cost of the decorations.
On Wednesday, the Facebook page for the Woodland Park Neighbors Association posted that it had raised more than $2,000 toward the purchase of the Christmas decorations.
“We are hoping to get this done and get this on to our property by Halloween,” the post reads.
“The next step will be to start fundraising to buy the holiday decorations and the other items for our holiday decorations.
This will include a gift card to the store, a gift certificate, a pumpkins, etc.”