14 Bill Murray Movie Characters That Make Dressing Up For Halloween a Cinch
Bill Murray is one of the most legendary comedic actors in Hollywood, which means that along with making us laugh time and time again over the years, he's also provided us with a wealth of Halloween costume inspiration. Between his more recent collaborations with Wes Anderson and classic roles in movies like Ghostbusters and Groundhog Day, get ready to blow your friends away on Oct. 31.
Peter Venkman From Ghostbusters
- What to wear: The Ghostbusters standard-issue khaki uniform, black boots, and a brown wig.
- How to act: Smart, self-assured, and flirty to the point of being creepy.
Phil From Groundhog Day
- What to wear: A long brown coat, a multicolored tie, and a gray knit scarf. Carry around a microphone with the number nine on it, and a groundhog stuffed animal.
- How to act: Start out the night being a big jerk, but find a way to redeem yourself by the end of it.
Steve Zissou From The Life Aquatic With Steve Zissou
Bill Murray From Zombieland
- What to wear: Jeans, a pink polo, and an argyle sweater vest paired with a shaggy brown wig and a ton of zombie face makeup.
- How to act: Since Bill Murray plays Bill Murray in Zombieland, feel free to act as much like him as you want.
John Bosley From Charlie's Angels
- What to wear: A red, white, and blue racing suit (or a blue windbreaker and sweatpants, since racing suits aren't exactly easy to come by), sunglasses, and a cowboy hat.
- How to act: Try to convince three of your female friends to be your "angels" on Halloween with you, and exude the same kind of humor and friendliness that comes easy to Bosley.
Raleigh St. Clair From The Royal Tenenbaums
- What to wear: Olive-green corduroy pants, a brown suede jacket, and a burgundy turtleneck. Add in a heavy gray beard and some round, wire-rimmed glasses to nail Raleigh's bookish-ness.
- How to act: Very intellectual, so maybe brush up on your thesaurus.
Bob Harris From Lost in Translation
- What to wear: A black suit jacket with a yellow t-shirt underneath, and if you can find a stuffed owl, it wouldn't hurt to tote one around.
- How to act: Bob is an aging action movie star, so just try to imagine how Tom Cruise will be at that age (on second thought: don't).
Ken Bowden From Wild Things
- What to wear: A powder-blue suit, a white button-down shirt, a printed tie, and a black neck brace.
- How to act: Be the semi-sleazy comic relief of your Halloween party.
Ernie "Big Ern" McCracken From Kingpin
- What to wear: Pink jeans, a floral top, and bright yellow sweater.
- How to act: Insanely arrogant, because you're the man who did "for bowling what Muhammad Ali did for boxing," after all.
Carl Spackler From Caddyshack
- What to wear: Black boots, brown cargo shorts, either a camouflage or olive-green t-shirt, and a camo bucket hat. Feel free to attach some twigs and leaves to your hat the way Carl does in the film.
- How to act: A little crazy, and overly obsessed with checking the floor at your Halloween party for any rogue gophers.
Richie Lanz From Rock the Kasbah
- What to wear: This movie came and went pretty quickly, but that doesn't mean you should miss out on your chance to be a hippie-esque Bill Murray. Throw on a silky, psychedelic-printed shirt (open at the neck, naturally), a scarf to wrap around your hair, tinted aviators, a dark blazer, and jeans.
- How to act: As washed-up rock manager Richie Lanz, be sure to fill your friends in on what songs you think are hot or not throughout Halloween.
Mr. Bishop From Moonrise Kingdom
- What to wear: A loose-fitting white shirt, plaid pants, a gray wig, and black glasses.
- How to act: Protective and a little aloof.
Bill Murray From Space Jam
- What to wear: A backwards black baseball hat, a red t-shirt, and a Tune Squad jersey (you can find one on Etsy here!).
- How to act: Confident, and ready to save the day.
Frank Cross From Scrooged
- What to wear: Put on a black business suit and a red tie, and then wrap yourself in Christmas lights so people know you're not just headed to work.
- How to act: Like a Scrooge, duh.