Richard Carruthers is a character in Halloween 4: The Return of Michael Myers.
Richard and his wife Darlene Carruthers 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 grew very close to Jamie and tried their best to make her feel like family.
On October 31, 1988, Richard and his wife had to attend a party that would possibly give him a promotion 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. Richard told his daughter to stop thinking of herself all the time and try to make her sister feel better, telling her that Jamie needed all the love they could give her.
After they left their house for the party, Richard no idea of what had happened to his daughters over the night and only found out when Rachel and Jamie were taken home by Sheriff Ben Meeker, who told them of the events. Richard stayed downstairs with Rachel while Darlene went to give Jamie a bath. Moments later, he heard his wife scream and he, along with everyone else downstairs, ran upstairs to discover a masked Jamie, covered in blood, holding a pair of bloody scissors after stabbing Darlene. Sam Loomis raised his gun to shoot her, but Sheriff Meeker stopped him. The Carruthers then placed Jamie in the Haddonfield Children's Clinic. They would visit her from time to time, showing that they still cared about her. 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 Halloween was over, Richard and his wife were informed of the death of Rachel and the kidnapping of Jamie and 6 years later they discovered that Jamie had also died.
- Halloween 4: The Return of Michael Myers
- Halloween IV (novelization)
- Halloween 5: The Revenge of Michael Myers (mentioned)