In honor of Halloween season, we’re re-rolling the tape of one of our favorite spooky incidents over the years.
On the doorstep of Tropical Storm Nicholas in 2021, a man dressed up as horror movie icon, Michael Myers of Halloween, took it upon himself to make the moment all the more ominous by strolling the shore (fake) knife in hand, covered in (fake) blood. [Featured image: @houstontexas_tv]
Evidently, local residents were not fans of the horror franchise, or simply did not appreciate the man putting up the spook ahead of scary season. For someone called the police shortly after, who promptly stopped the man and handcuffed him on the shore.
Galveston police department spokesperson Sgt. Stacy Papillion told press that, despite the blood and knife being fake, the department charged the man with disorderly conduct before releasing him.
The man behind the mask was lawyer Mark Metzger, who had catalogued his chilling cosplay stroll through Galveston on social media in an effort to bring a dark light to the holiday season.
“Calm before the storm,” he wrote in a post on Instagram, picturing himself dressed up as Michael Myers looking distantly at the Galveston Historic Pier, a fake knife hidden behind his back.
A few hours later, in a stroke of irony, Metzger bumped into Tom Araya, the lead singer of legendary metal band, Slayer. It was a picture of the two that Meztger featured with a description of the previous events:
“Bringing positive vibes to this gloom and doom world out there, generating some laughter, helping people crack a smile, and restoring our faith in humanity through humor is 100% what I’m about. My methods might not work for everyone, but I guarantee I’ll please more than I’ll piss off,” Meztger wrote.
“So if taking a silly walk down the beach during a storm in a costume, and subsequently being arrested for disorderly conduct accomplished any of that (was just released with a class c citation and still fuzzy on what exactly I did was illegal) – then I’d do it again all day every day.”