Vanita was born on Halloween night to the witch Lucrezia Bruja and her husband Rufus Valentine. Her family line is maternal and she is descended from a long line of witches.
Vanita is trained in witchcraft starting the day after she is born, and, being a witch child, is able to take in that knowledge even at such an early age. The first fifty years of her life are spent with no other human contact, hidden away in a cabin in the Black Forest.
Vanita learns the method to achieve eternal youth and beauty by sacrificing others to the dark forces that power her family's magic. She then attains her title as a full-fledged witch by sacrificing her own parents.
After her training is complete, Vanita moves closer to the edge of the Black Forest closer to a nearby town, where she starts making her presence known by selling cure-all potions and charms. Her pleasant attitude and good looks make her popular in the small town, especially among the young men there.
Vanita learns that she must sacrifice a young life every year to the dark forces in order to maintain her youth and beauty, so she begins kidnapping infants and small children to be sacrificed. The townsfolk suspect her but have no way of proving it, and she will manipulate young men into defending her from any accusations.
The dark forces have become increasingly demanding of Vanita and her choice of sacrifice, and have specified a newborn in the town who possesses magical abilities, a baby girl named Violet. Vanita graciously accepts the demands, believing that such a powerful sacrifice could be especially beneficial for her.
Vanita is fully prepared for her upcoming sacrifice of Violet to the dark forces, but discovers that the baby has disappeared, the townsfolk having cast her out because of her abilities. Horrified of potentially losing her beauty or even her life for failing to complete her task, Vanita begins an aggressive search to find the child for her sinister purposes.
Vanita begins a desperate search for the missing Violet. She becomes more and more concerned over potentially failing to fulfill her contact with the Dark Forces.
Vanita's luck changes when Mister Creaknings and Irkus travel through the woods looking for a home for Violet. Vanita seizes the opportunity to take the baby under the guise that she'll take care of her, and now has the sacrifice she needs for Walpurgis Night.
Vanita gets her sacrificial child to her cottage and prepares for the sacrifice, but the child and her caretakers give her no end of trouble. Eventually, the child's powers get the better of her and her chances for performing the ritual have all but failed.
Mister Creaknings disarms her just as she attempts her final chance at sacrificing Violet, and is left furious and broken knowing she has failed to fulfill the Dark Forces' bargain. As she watches in horror, the Dark Forces obliterate her and remove every trace of her existence.
Mister Creaknings is created out of scrap wood and old clothing by John Farmer and his wife, Mary. He is designed to be the scarecrow for their farm in the countryside.
Since John and Mary Farmer have no children, they treat Mister Creaknings as if he were their son, and throughout their lives they teach him both academics and moral principles for him to live by. He is taught to read and write, the various labors involved with maintaining the farm and its crops, and is taught ethical ideology through reading the Bible.
Mary contracts a severe case of pneumonia and, at her age, is unable to sufficiently recover from it and passes away. The loss deeply affects both her husband John and Mister Creaknings.
Although his creators are no longer around, Mister Creaknings is too nervous about the uncertainties of the outside world to leave the farm behind, and has no idea what else to do with himself, so he stays on the farm and continues to take care of the house and crops.
John Farmer falls into ill health himself soon after his wife's death, and passes away, leaving the farm without any children or other relatives to lay claim to the property. Mister Creaknings is left all by himself, and becomes quite lonely and depressed.
Mister Creaknings spends his time after his caretakers' deaths in a state of deep depression, and does not bother to plant or harvest any crops that year. Having become habituated to the convenient supply of food the farm provided, the crows ask for him to continue caring for the crops, and in exchange the crows would be considerate and respectful towards him. Desperate for any form of companionship at this point, he agrees, and over time he becomes quite friendly with the flock.
Mister Creaknings becomes acquainted with Irkus shortly after he hatches, and have become close friends ever since. Although Irkus' constant prattling gets on his nerves sometimes, Mister Creaknings values having such a close and loyal companion.
Mister Creaknings notices a carriage dropping off a basket, and he is unable to draw their attention before they leave. He discovers the bundle is carrying a baby girl in a violet blanket.
Violet gets hungry and cries loudly, which not only grows to an unbearable volume but somehow conjures up a violent storm. He manages to give her some mashed corn as food, but it becomes clear that he and Irkus can't handle this type of situation for long.
The two discover the cottage of Vanita Bruja, and Vanita attempts to convince them to give her the child so she can take care of her. Mister Creaknings is convinced something is off about her and doesn't want to give her Violet, but Irkus allows her to sway him into letting her keep the baby.
As much as he hates the idea of leaving the safety of the farm, Mister Creaknings has to leave to find Violet a good home. He travels into the woods towards town, nervous but determined to protect his charge.
Mister Creaknings is depressed after giving away Violet, so he returns home rather than enjoy his newfound freedom. However, Irkus returns later on to tell him that the woman they gave the baby to is an infamous witch. They both dash out to the woods in order to rescue her.
The two find the witch's cottage and plan on rescuing Violet, but are ensnared by the crooked trees that serve as her guards. Luckily Mister Creaknings brought along a few matches and manages to free them by setting the tree on fire. He quickly gathers up his fallen comrade Irkus and returns to the cottage to save the baby girl.
Mister Creaknings manages to protect Violet just in the nick of time and disarms Vanita. He protects his friends until midnight arrives, when the Dark Forces obliterate the witch and the surrounding area but leave the heroes untouched.
Violet's parents are overjoyed at having their daughter returned, and when they decide to leave town to find a safe home for her, Mister Creaknings convinces them to move onto the old farm. Now Mister Creaknings is able to serve as guardian to the baby he's grown fond of, and he couldn't be happier.
Mister Creaknings comes to town to attempt to find Violet's real home, but Irkus is still too badly hurt to remember the details on the missing poster. Fortunately they manage to find her home thanks to Violet's abilities.
Irkus was born to Edgar and Marie, two very wide-traveling and intellectual members of the flock of crows. He is originally born with the name Klaus, but later takes the name Irkus after mishearing the Greek tale of Icarus.
Irkus becomes acquainted with Mister Creaknings soon after hatching, and over time they become lifelong friends. Irkus enjoys having a friend who will listen to all his ramblings, but is continually annoyed with his stubborn refusal to go out on adventures with him.
Irkus begins to make trips to faraway places, and whenever he comes back he tells stories of his travels to Mister Creaknings. He soon attempts to try and convince Mister Creaknings to come exploring with him, but he is too afraid and too stubborn to leave, despite Irkus' best efforts.
Irkus panics as strange happenings occur when Violet gets upset and cries. He is convinced she is potentially a witch and warns Mister Creaknings that they won't be able to handle taking care of her.
Irkus is introduced to Violet soon after Mister Creaknings discovers her. He is at a loss to figure out what to do with the kid, and can't even tell her proper gender.
The two come across Vanita's cottage, where she uses her feminine charms to persuade him to give her Violet. Mister Creaknings objects, but Irkus eventually gives her the chance to take off with the child.
Irkus finally convinces Mister Creaknings to leave the farm for Violet's sake, and is overjoyed at the prospect of finally exploring the world together. He makes a point to try and show off as much knowledge as he can while they travel through the woods.
Irkus wants to go exploring after finding Violet a home, but when Mister Creaknings refuses, he goes off into town to have some fun on his own. He then learns that Violet is being looked for by her parents as well as Vanita's status as a witch, and tells Mister Creaknings at once.
Irkus and Mister Creaknings return to the witch's cottage in an attempt to rescue Violet, but are caught by the crooked trees that serve as her guards. Mister Creaknings saves them, but Irkus is badly injured and unconscious.
Irkus and Mister Creaknings attempt to find out where Violet's home could be, but Irkus is too shaken up from the previous night to remember where she lives. Fortunately they still manage to find her home thanks to Violet's abilities.
Violet's family thanks the two for their help, and they agree to move out to Mister Creakning's old farm in order to raise the child without fear of persecution. Irkus looks forward to the day when they can all go out exploring together with their new friend.
Violet is born to an ordinary young couple, Vincent and Lucy Mann. They live in a modest home in a small town on the edge of the Black Forest.
Unbeknownst to the young couple, the newborn infant gains the affections of a fairy, who blesses her with magical abilities. The fairy's intention was to allow the child to grow up into a strong, powerful young woman, but the infant child has no ability to control the powers she possesses.
Violet's abilities activate, and all of the potted plants in the house sprout flowers made of gold. Violet's parents are at first amazed and attempt to sell or give away the plants to others, only for the plants to suddenly crumble into dust and become worthless.
Violet gets a case of the hiccups, and starts hiccupping bubbles that, if popped, unleash huge amounts of water. Her parents eventually quell her hiccups, but by the time they do, their house is severely waterlogged.
Violet's parents are concerned about her well-being with all these strange occurrences, so they take her to a local doctor. The doctor startles her while examining her and makes her cry, which causes the doctor to spontaneously grow thick hair all over his head. The doctor is terrified and casts her out, claiming the child is a witch.
News spreads throughout the town that the child is potentially a witch, and grow increasingly more fearful and suspicious of her. They demand that the child be cast out of town, but her parents do their best to protect her from the town's wrath.
Despite her parents' pleas for them to spare the child, Violet is taken from her parents' home by the townsfolk. She is taken away in a carriage to the countryside, where they intend to abandon her to die.
Violet is abandoned by the townsfolk out in the countryside, but is luckily found by Mister Creaknings. She likes the stranger and is happy to be in his care.
Violet gets hungry and starts crying, causing her voice to become uncontrollably loud and a bizarre storm kicks up outside. Fortunately Mister Creaknings manages to feed her some mashed corn which causes her to calm down.
Mister Creaknings comes to Violet's aid and saves her from Vanita just in time. When the Dark Forces come to wreak their vengeance over Vanita's failure, Violet protects the heroes from their wrath.
Vanita tricks Irkus and Mister Creaknings into giving her Violet, and she prepares to sacrifice the child to the Dark Forces. Violet senses that she's in danger and her powers go crazy, totally wrecking the cottage.
Violet is happy to be reunited with her loving parents. When they decide to move to a safer home, they end up moving into Mister Creakning's home on the farm. She is very happy to get to have her two new friends become part of her family's life.
Mister Creaknings tries to help Violet return home, but is unable to get the information he needs from Irkus. Violet manages to show them the way by lighting a trail of street lamps with fireworks.