25+ Elf on the Shelf Mischievous Ideas Parents & Kids Will Love

Whether you use your own elf, or you prefer Elf on the Shelf, mischievous ideas like these will help you survive the holiday season! I resisted welcoming elves into our home for years, but now that they are here, I have to admit, they can be kind of fun.

Elf on the Shelf Mischievous Ideas

We have a house full of elves each December, and I have grown to enjoy some aspects of them. For instance, I really got into the elves trip to Walt Disney World one year. The hardest part about the elves is contemplating what mischief they might get into (and then cleaning it up afterwards). My husband doesn’t help here, and my pleas to get the older boys involved is usually met by “I don’t know what to do,” and a blank stare, so after a few nights I get kinda stumped. Here is some of the mischievous elf ideas we’ve witnessed. Let me know what your elves have done.

Elf Magic

Our elves like to make snow angels in the flour each year.

Elf on the Shelf Mischievous Ideas

  1. Take a bag of candy (from Halloween) and sat under the tree eating candy and watching the lights
  2. Invited all the house stuffed animals to a movie night (movies all over the place, popcorn everywhere)
  3. Made snow angels in flour
  4. TP’d our Christmas tree
  5. Bring little gifts (candy, hair bows, pencils, paper, markers, etc)
  6. Emptied the tupperware drawer
  7. Switched lunches around
  8. Emptied clothes drawers
  9. Tried on all the coats in the closet
  10. Taken a bath in the kitchen sink (all the soap and shampoo got moved to the kitchen)
  11. Pooped in the toilet (M&M’s)
  12. Wrapped themselves
  13. Rolled the bedroom with yarn/TP
  14. Left crumbs all over the kitchen counters
  15. Gone on a joyride with all the house stuff animals. We found the car down the street on the way to the bus stop.
  16. Went fishing in the toilet for goldfish
  17. Wrote on my son, and the bathroom mirror
  18. Took all the bows and put them all over the bathroom
  19. Christmas eve night the elf hid several gifts and left notes about being good for the year

Elf Ideas From Our Readers….

  1. Our elves bake cookies leaving sprinkles for decorating.
  2. Our elves have been know to write notes on the mirrors.
  3. Our biggest surprise was when they (2) threw an elf party & our Christmas tree ended up on top of our coffee table. They were “rocking around the Christmas Tree”
  4. Our elf was in a hot air balloon this a.m.
  5. Ours stuck Christmas bows all over the toilet one day, turned the toilet water green
  6. Our elves had monster trucks invade the Christmas village, even made herself a skirt out of christmas ribbon! (So apparently she is a she)
  7. Leave a Note and a Hot Chocolate with an “8 WEEKS OF FUN” from Field Trips with Sue – Thanks Kristy Stevison-Casey. This one is my favorite:)

What have your elves done? Send us a photo!


Sue Rodman | Travel Editor & Advertising Manager

Sue Rodman is a mother of three boys, a PR professional, writer, and ice cream lover. For eight years, Sue published an award winning family travel blog called Field Trips with Sue, and produced a TV segment with the same name on CBS Better Mornings Atlanta. In Sept. 2016 Field Trips with Sue merged with 365 Atlanta Family. In addition to writing blog posts and managing the advertising and public relations for 365 Atlanta Family, Sue does freelance public relations and her writing has appeared online at TravelingMom, Trekaroo, Minitime Family and other family travel sites. She has contributed to print publications such as Family Fun, Simply Buckhead, BuckHaven and Publix Magazine. In addition, Sue has appeared on local and national news talking about family travel. Sue believes anytime is a good time for dessert and there are no bad field trips, just better stories.

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