A boy investigates mysterious lights in his barn to discover a plaintive girl ghost, who helps him prevent a bus accident at a fallen bridge.
Ichabod is portrayed by long time TV actor Rene Aurberjonois, and he is actually quite good. The intense midnight ride more than makes up for the dry party scene that precedes it.
Finally comes "The House With a Clock In Its Walls", the most elaborate of the three stories.
Somewhere hidden in the walls of the house is a doomsday clock that threatens to end life on earth if not found. Uncle Johnathan stays up nights looking for it.
Lewis can't keep his family secret and tries to impress a schoolmate, who dares him to prove his wizardly pedigree. They meet at the cemetery at midnight to perform a spell to raise the dead.
After seeing this, I tried using the same set of symbols to cast a "headache" spell on a substitute teacher. I'm not saying it worked, but she DID have a headache by the end of the day. Causation, or just correlation?
As luck would have it, they raise a witch named Selenna who follows Lewis home in pursuit of the doomsday clock.
Once Upon a Midnight Scary (apparently also released under the title "Once Upon a Midnight Dreary") was available on a now out of print VHS.