Ed Waters does Michael Myers

Ed Waters does Michael Myers

From the Advocate archives, October 2008: The eerie white mask is unmistakable. Most of us recognize it as the Michael Myers getup from “Halloween” — but to the Highland Hills kids, it’s a telltale sign that it’s time for trick-or-treating. “Every year, my wife hands out the candy, and I walk up behind the kids and scare them,” says Ed Waters, the man behind the mask. In 1993, he dressed up as Michael Myers for a Lake Highlands Elementary Halloween party, and the kids loved it. Fifteen years later, he’s a neighborhood legend. “There was one year I had surgery so I didn’t dress up, and all the kids were asking where Michael Myers was. It makes me feel good to know the kids enjoy it. I wouldn’t do it if they didn’t.” If you go through Highland Hills this year, keep an eye out Waters — he’ll be the 6-foot-2-inch guy wandering around with a white mask. And his house? That’d be the one blaring the theme music from “Halloween”, of course. “But don’t come unless you’re want to get scared — that’s what Halloween is all about after all.”

Highlands Hills, an enclave along McCree on the east side of Audelia, still puts on a heck of a Halloween show. Is Waters still around? You’ll have to let us know.

And check out our 2011 story where we feature this amid many of Lake Highlands’ scary legends, places and occurrences.