|Known Relatives:||Richard Carruthers (husband)|
Rachel Carruthers (daughter;deceased)
Jamie Lloyd (foster daughter;deceased)
|Portrayed By:||Karen Alston|
|First Appearance:||Halloween 4: The Return of Michael Myers|
Darlene Carruthers is a character in Halloween 4: The Return of Michael Myers.
Darlene and her husband lived in Haddonfield, where they used to hire Laurie Strode to babysit their young daughter Rachel. The Carruthers became very close to Laurie and when she and her husband died in an automobile accident, they adopted Laurie's daughter Jamie Lloyd. They had grown very close to Jamie and tried their best to make her feel like family.
On October 31, 1988, Darlene had to attend a party that would possibly give Richard a promotion at work if things went well. Jamie's original babysitter had to cancel so they were forced to have Rachel babysit. At first, Rachel complained about how her night was ruined, but Jamie happened to overhear everything and became upset. Rachel then spoke with Jamie and apologized for hurting her feelings.
After they left their house for the party, Darlene had no idea what happened to her daughters over the course of the night and only found things out when Rachel and Jamie were taken home by Sheriff Ben Meeker, who told them of the events. Darlene had Jamie come upstairs so that she could get cleaned up and started to get her bath ready. When she heard someone enter the bathroom, she saw Jamie with a pair of scissors and wearing her clown mask. Jamie stabbed her with the scissors and Darlene screamed which alerted everyone in the house. Darlene survived this attack and the Carruthers then placed Jamie in the Haddonfield Children's Clinic. They still loved Jamie as if she were their own child and would visit her often. By the time Halloween came around the following year, they decided to rent a cabin in the woods and invited their daughter Rachel to join them. Once again after Halloween was over, Darlene and her husband received bad news as the police found Rachel's corpse in the old Myers house  and Jamie was taken away by Wynn and his minions and 6 years later she and Richard would discover that Jamie was dead.
Notes and trivia
- In the novelization of Halloween 4, Darlene does not survive Jamie's attack.
- Jamie's attack on Darlene is eerily similar to Michael Myers' murder of Judith Myers.