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'Grim Reaper' enjoys a good scare in Sherman

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The Grim Reaper makes an appearance in downtown Sherman. (KTEN) The Grim Reaper makes an appearance in downtown Sherman. (KTEN)
Nickolas Payne says playing the Grim Reaper keeps him young. (KTEN) Nickolas Payne says playing the Grim Reaper keeps him young. (KTEN)
The Grim Reaper finds a victim in downtown Sherman. (KTEN) The Grim Reaper finds a victim in downtown Sherman. (KTEN)

SHERMAN, Texas -- Halloween is all about the kids. That's why Nickolas Payne is choosing to be a kid at heart.

"Halloween is a time where I can stay young," he explained. "I'm 40 years old, but I'm trying to be a kid forever."

You might have seen Payne in costume as the Grim Reaper "floating" through downtown Sherman on a motorized skateboard.

"I love scaring people, so that's real important when you're the Grim Reaper," he said. " I really like to catch people off-guard... I get a real scare!"

Payne uses his surfing and wakeboarding skills to pull off the illusion, even making it an "Addams Family" affair with his wife by his side.

"People have reached out to me about my video, and they love it," he said. "People on the street want to take my picture -- after I scare them, of course!"

And whether he's popping out of corners or being a chivalrous ghoul, Payne says it's all about spreading a scare or two; and, more importantly, smiles.

"It allows me to engage with the community and meet new people," he said. "Everyone needs to be young again, and enjoy their life; it's just fun."

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