Kurt Harden at Cultural Offering points to a fine list of Halloween movies. Kurt notes that his favorite is "Silence of the Lambs" - a solid choice.
In general, I'm not a scary movie fan. [When young I regarded "The Wizard of Oz" as sort of a horror film.] I have never seen "Night of the Living Dead" and have no plans to do so.
The original "Halloween" was appealing because the Jamie Lee Curtis protagonist was one of the few intelligent characters in horror film history. She was not the type to wander alone into a dark basement or to tell a group of scared teenagers, "Let's split up."
I'm now at the stage where "The Nightmare Before Christmas" is more appealing. [My daughter and I used to watch it every Halloween. I may crank it up this year.]
A nice, cute, amusing film and not scary at all.