William Shatner has revealed he once donned the Michael Myers mask from Halloween while trick-or-treating. It's a well-known piece of trivia that Michael Myers' hauntingly blank mask was actually a Captain Kirk mask from Star Trek that was painted white and altered for the movie. The mask was actually created from a cast of Shatner from cult horror movie The Devil’s Rain, which was then recycled to make some cheap Captain Kirk masks.
Halloween production designer Tommy Lee Wallace created two potential masks, with one being a creepy clown mask and the other being the Shatner mask, which was easily the creepiest. John Carpenter’s script for Halloween described Michael’s mask as resembling a blank human face, with the idea being that Myers literally has to put on a mask to appear human. The mask doesn’t really resemble Shatner, but later sequels would alter the look even further to avoid any resemblance.
Shatner himself is well aware of the mask's origins, though he rarely comments on the topic. In a new interview with EW, the actor spoke about wishing he had some financial ties to the Halloween series, and that he once donned the mask while taking his children trick-or-treating.
All I can tell you is, they found it somewhere in a toy store or somewhere. I don’t have a piece of the film. Maybe you can negotiate it for me! When my kids were younger, and they’d go trick-or-treating, and I would go with them, I’d wear the mask. If [people] didn’t give them candy, I’d take off the mask, and blow a kiss.
Given how iconic the mask and the Halloween movies became, Shatner no doubt really does wish he had some financial gain from it, but he seems to take it in good humor. Halloween producer Malak Akkad has joked about the actor possibly making a cameo in a future sequel and maybe coming face to face with Michael, and while that would be a delight to fans, it would possibly be a little too on the nose.
After being off screens for nearly a decade, Blumhouse’s recent sequel Halloween 2018 has really revitalized the franchise. The movie was a huge success and even managed to make Michael Myers scary again. In the new entry, Michael wears the mask from his original 1978 rampage, which looks suitably weathered after four decades. The mask itself isn’t based on the one used in the original, but was created especially for the new movie – and bears even less of a resemblance to William Shatner.