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Wilma Asherbranner with U.S. Postal clerk Don Horton in costume on Wednesday. Horton gave away 37 bags of treats on Halloween.
Daily photo by Bayne Hughes
Wilma Asherbranner with U.S. Postal clerk Don Horton in costume on Wednesday. Horton gave away 37 bags of treats on Halloween.

Decatur Postal worker gets into the Halloween spirit

By Bayne Hughes
hughes@decaturdaily.com 340-2432

Don Horton knows the real meaning of trick or treat. He's been delivering both to U.S. Postal customers for 22 years.

Horton, a postal clerk who loads mail for the local industries and businesses, greets his customers with a bag of candy and a frightening costume.

He gave away 37 bags of treats.

"I guess I'm just a big prankster at heart," Horton said, of his Halloween spirit. "Sometimes I'll frighten the women, but most just laugh."

The personable Horton said he really enjoys Halloween and Valentine's Day because it gives him a chance to show his customers his appreciation. He gives his female customers a box of candy for Valentine's.

Past postmasters frowned on Halloween costumes, but Horton said Roy Hill has been more flexible in letting him enjoy the festivities of the day.

But Horton is alone in his Halloween spirit at the post office. The dress code requires those dealing with customers wear a U.S. Postal Service uniform.

Horton is allowed to show his spirit because he works mostly on the back docks.

Despite being unable to join in his fun, his co-workers welcome his unique style and give him a hard time.

"I think it's great he can have his fun," co-worker Mark Gilbreath said.

Horton's fun doesn't end at work. He said he usually sets a scary situation at his Somerville Road home near Decatur High School.

"I usually scare the parents, but I'm nice to the children," Horton said.

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