The mask in ‘Halloween’ is a William Shatner mask painted white
Studios will often reuse props from films. Stanley Kubrick was known to destroy his props and sets after shooting so no one could replicate his look. But turning a William Shatner mask into a fearsome villain has to be one of the most creative uses of existing prop. Shatner once talked about how the mask came to be.
“It had been made on Star Trek,” he said. “They would use the mask for appliances, so instead of my face, they’d use the mask to make sure that everything fit.”
Shatner got a kick out of his likeness being used to craft the deranged Michael Myers mask, and even wore it while trick-or-treating with his grandkids.
“I heard about it, and the next Halloween, with my grandkids, they went out trick-or-treating, I went out with them,” Shatner said. “I was wearing the mask. They’d say ‘trick or treat,’ and they’d usually get candy, but one time, this guy says, ‘get out of here.’”
“I went up to the front door, I knocked at the front door. I leered at him in the mask, then I yanked it off and I stared at him. He screamed, shut the door.”