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The Ghost Children are the first victims of the Other Mother who used to be in the same position as Coraline, but later gave in to the Beldam's counterfeit happiness. Their real names are a mystery, as they can't remember them. (As always it's the Beldam's fault) After the Other Mother had finished with them, they were imprisoned behind the mirror and was cursed for light to shrivel and burn them, making them unable to get out. Also, they forget almost everything (except the Ghost Boy, who remembers his real mother) over time. In the end, they are freed by Coraline whom found their eyes in the "three wonders" of the Other World. For example (practically exactly where they are found) the Sweet Ghost Girl’s eyes were hidden inside the circus ball used for the mouse circus, the Tall Ghost Girl’s eyes were hidden inside the pearl ring the Other Forcible wore, and the Ghost Boy’s eyes were hidden inside the lever ball of the mechanical preying mantis. One of them is the twin sister of Wybie's Grandmother.
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discovered by Coraline, after being dragged by the Other Mother, behind the mirror. However, the space inside is a lot bigger in the film and a rotten bed is found inside. Then they explained to Coraline what had happened to them:
- "She spied on our lives through the little doll's eyes.
- And saw that we weren't happy.
- So she lured us away with treasures and treats,
- and games to play, gave all that we asked.
- Yet we still wanted more.
- So we let her sew the buttons.
- She said that she loved us. But she locked us here.
- And ate up our lives."
Retrieving their eyes was the way for them to be freed and finally be sent to heaven, so they asked Coraline if she could find their eyes for them, in which Coraline whole-heartedly accepted. Every time Coraline finds the Ghost Children's eyes, the nearby surrounding crumbles and turns ashen, gray, and lifeless. They helped out Coraline, after she'd tricked the Other Mother, close the little door against the Beldam and later thanked her after being set free in Coraline's dream. But they also warn her that there is only one key for the little door and that the Beldam still lived and wanted to steal it.
In the film, Coraline described Mr's Lovat's twin sister as the "Little Rascals Chick with all these ribbons and braids" (Sweet Ghost Girl), the boy "Huck Finn Junior" (Ghost Boy), and the last girl as the "Pioneer Girl" (Tall Ghost Girl). The ghost children were very nice to Coraline but their souls were dead and their hearts were devoured.
In the book, the Ghost Children were trapped behind the mirror; but unlike in the film, the space inside was much smaller and darker. The Ghost Children feared the Other Mother, whom they refer to as the Beldam, and they also explained what had happened to them. When Coraline asked them to come with her when the Beldam comes and lets her out, the Ghost children responded that they wished they could. Because the Beldam had their hearts in her keeping, the Ghost Children belonged in the dark and the empty places. According to them, the light would shrivel and burn them.
The Gold Children had buttons for eyes and almost translucent and pale form but clear enough to fully see and identify them and still have a face of general displeasure on their faces. Their hair was also tangled and untouched which is signifying that they have been there for centuries.After Coraline found their eyes and freed them through her dream, the Ghost Children appeared to be of shimmering gold with halos, beautiful Angel wings and finally with their real eyes.
It is not immediately said what their appearance looked like in book, which can be assumed that they were not clear enough to be noticeable. According to Coraline, after getting used to the darkness behind the mirror, the Ghost Children were "as faint and pale as the moon in the daytime sky." In the graphic picture in the book, the Ghost Chilren did not appear to have buttons for eyes.
This theory is based upon beliefs and may contain spoilers. Whether you view this is up to you.
The YouTuber 'The Theorizer' thinks that the boy in the painting was originally the Beldam's son. This is supported by the fact that even when the Beldam is in her 3rd form, the 'Boring Blue Boy' painting can still be seen, meaning that that specific painting is very dear to her. Or, maybe, the subject of the painting is very dear to her. Got you thinking now, huh?