October is not only about the return of autumn and the departure of leaves, but is also another reason to dress up, or dress down, for Halloween. With Halloween comes the onslaught of scary movies that get their time to shine courtesy of the marathons thrown in their honor. Let's face it, a good horror film just wouldn't be the same without scary antagonists like Jason Voorhees and Michael Myers who embody the ability to scare the orange off your candy corn.

These 5 scary movie characters in particular stand above the rest and are the last people you would want to wake up to see standing at the foot of your bed:

5. Chucky (Child's Play)

Yes, he's just a doll, but he's a really scary doll. Not the kind of toy one would reach for in Toys "R" Us once they got a good glimpse at this doll in a box. Chucky was a Good Guy doll before a wounded serial killer used voodoo to transfer his soul into him to escape from police. Thereafter, Chucky was born unleashing his terror on a collection of "Child's Play" movie series and successfully becoming every child's nightmare. He sported red hair and wore blue overalls with a stripe shirt underneath. His scrunched up face paired with his less than sweet grin was perfect for his role as the ultimate villain that barely reached an adult's knee cap. Wanna play?

4. Samara Morgan (The Ring)

Talk about spending too much time in the pool. Samara Morgan is every couch potato's worst nightmare. Imagine you are watching your nightly dose of "Wheel of Fortune" and right when you are ready to solve the puzzle Samara decides that it is an opportune time to crawl out of your television set. Not a pretty sight. Samara has made repeated appearances in "The Ring" movie series and possessed the power of projected thermography - which is the ability to burn images mentally onto surfaces or into the minds of others. Samara haunts people via a videotape that causes people to die in seven days after watching, the amount of time it took her to die after she was thrown down a well by her mother. Though Samara may not have prominent scary features, the fact that she is a kid in a scary movie with drenched limp black hair paired with her lifeless eyes and dingy white dress seems to make up for it all.

3. Billy (Saw)

The Saw movie series is viewed as too much to handle for the faint-of-heart. Though the gruesome bloodshed is a lot to take in, nothing proved to be creepier than the film's puppet known as Billy. Everything from his red spiral painted cheekbones and black eyes with red irises down to his red bow tie and black tuxedo proves that Billy is the ventriloquist dummy from hell. Billy is merely used by John Kramer, the Jigsaw Killer, to converse with his victims; and yet he was able to scare movie goers even more than his psychotic master. Thanks to Billy, old-fashioned red tricycles will never look the same again.

2. Freddy Krueger (A Nightmare on Elm Street)

What isn't scary about Freddy? Everything from his face that resembles the surface of the moon to his gloves equipped with razors would scare the average human being with a pulse. If that wasn't scary enough maybe his love of killing children and teenagers in their sleep would do the trick. Freddy Krueger is known for his role in the "Nightmare on Elm Street" series of horror films and had the characteristics - both physically and mentally - to make the laziest person suffer from insomnia. The dream stalker was created by Wes Craven and has been terrifying people since his start in the early 80s. He is set to make a comeback in April 2010, and you know what that means - don't fall asleep.

The Texas Chainsaw Massacre is hailed as one of the scariest horror films of all time. Though the psychotic family as a whole is a scary bunch, no one causes more goose bumps to appear and hairs to rise on the back of necks like good old Leatherface. Leatherface got his name from the masks he wore to cover up his deformity that were made of human skin. He along with the members of his deranged family practiced cannibalism and his weapon of choice is a chainsaw and sledgehammer - tools he used to kill off his victims. The character of Leatherface was inspired by Ed Gein - a murderer and grave robber that disentomb corpses from graveyards and kept their bones and skins as souvenirs. With his track record of being a mass murderer paired with his to die for looks (literally), it is safe to conclude that Leatherface is not the type of individual you would want to roll over in bed to find laying next to you.

Story by Samantha Greaves

Starpulse contributing writer