Common Sense Media has a guide to Halloween Movies for Every Age. I think only Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azakaban qualifies as a Halloween movie and The Birds is my least favorite Hitchcock movie. Just so you know.
Their list was just for kids but a lot of adult don’t like gore or the gotcha kind of scares in movies. I decided to add a few more movies that have Halloween flare.
Classic Spooky Movies
Arsenic and Old Lace (1944) Cary Grant plays a man who has just secretly married. He goes to his aunts to break the news. He stumbles across a bigger surprise about his sweet, elderly aunts.
The Spiral Staircase (1945) A serial killer is targeting young women with disabilities. A woman who can’t speak for psychological reasons comes to believe that she may be next on the list. Creepy but closer to suspense than horror.
Suspicion (1941) A young woman comes to believe that her doting husband might be plotting her murder. Again, more of a suspense movie.
Cat People (1942) – A young woman married but can’t consummate her marriage lest she turn into a panther. There was a remake in the 1980s which is generally described as worthless. I’ve never seen it. The original 1942 version is directed by Tourneur and has oodles of atmosphere.
The Mummy (1932) – This is the Universal one, not the delightful version with Brendan Frasier. This one is more about wistful, long-lost love than about monsters.
Others That Might Work:
Young Frankenstein (1974) – “YES. YES. Say it. He vas my… BOYFRIEND.” *snickers*
Monster House (2006) – I loved the concept and execution of the haunted house but it is a little scary.
Wallace and Gromit: Curse of the Were Rabbit (2005) I can’t believe they didn’t add this one. Except for some scary music and a few jokes aimed at grownups, it seems perfect for most ages.
I have a few more suggestions here.