Friends all dress up as Ben Stiller characters in annual Halloween tradition

Caroline AllenContributor
These friends are committed to the bit. [Photo: Paige Dall]
These friends are committed to the bit. [Photo: Paige Dall]

We all love Ben Stiller. From Zoolander to Meet The Parents, we even loved his cameo appearance in Friends.

We can understand, then, how he was the obvious choice for 2019 for this group of friends who have committed to dressing up as different famous film stars every year for the past seven years.

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So, 2012 was the year of Johnny Depp; 2013 was Jim Carrey; 2014 was Will Ferrell; 2015 Robin Williams; 2016 Billy Murray and 2018 Tom Hanks.

They said they’ll only stop after they appear on The Ellen Show, “even if it takes decades”.

This ode to female friendship has caught the attention of the internet, as they’ve defied everything from pregnancies to cross-country moves to stick together.

The friends dedicated their Halloween looks to actor Ben Stiller. [Photo: Getty]
The friends dedicated their Halloween looks to actor Ben Stiller. [Photo: Getty]

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Jamie Bell posted her seven years worth of pictures on Instagram, explaining how they’ve defied the odds to keep the tradition going.

“Through cross-country moves, marriages, pregnancies (@concettajune was 8+ months pregnant here!!), and just life, we make time for this absolutely ridiculous group costume tradition every year,” she said.

While the rest of us struggle to get a date in the diary for a coffee with our whole friendship group, these seven besties are the female friendship equivalent of the strong bicep emoji.

The friends met eight years ago after working together at an advertising agency. They told Bored Panda the agency was a “toxic environment” and said they all ended up quitting within two weeks of each other.

They’ve been best friends ever since.

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They also admitted that they’ve got the next 25 years of costumes planned out. We’ve got to applaud that level of commitment.

This year’s Ben Stiller costumes included: Starsky & Hutch, Dodgeball, Zoolander, Tropic Thunder, The Royal Tenenbaums, Heavyweights, Happy Gilmore.

Looking good, ladies.

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