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Get the Look: Margot and Richie Tenenbaum, Perennially Cool Halloween Characters with Uptown Roots

Updated: Oct 26, 2021

Margot and Richie Tenenbaum

If you're a fan of the Wes Anderson movie "The Royal Tenenbaums," you already know that Royal Tenenbaum—the character played by Gene Hackman—"bought the house on Archer Avenue in the winter of his 35th year."

Much of the action in this quirky tale about a dysfunctional family takes place in and around the patriarch's home.

The Royal Tenenbaum House on Convent Avenue in Harlem

In real life, Archer Avenue is Convent Avenue in the Hamilton Heights, and the house in the movie is located on the southeast corner of 144th Street.

And, yes, you can still marvel at this beautiful building that Anderson scouted all those years ago (the movie came out in 2001).

Richie and Margot Tenenbaum

Equally amazing is the fact that twenty years on, the characters of Margot and Richie Tenenbaum—Royal's children played by Gwyneth Paltrow and Luke Wilson—are as popular as ever on Halloween.

Although you won't find the complete costumes at Spirit or any of the other big Halloween stores, the looks are easy to cobble together from old clothing and thrift shop finds.

Or type in either character's name on Amazon—the site automatically groups every item you'll need.

Wannabe Margots can find items such as a beige fur coat, striped tennis dress, pin-straight blond bob, barrette, and cigarette:

Those who aspire to look like Richie can opt for a tennis shirt, '80s aviators and a terry sweatband—a beard and mustache are a must, too:

Get the look, pose in front of the Tenenbaum house, post it on Instagram, and you've won Halloween.

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