25+ Easy Elf on the Shelf Mischievous Ideas 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 on the Shelf Mischievous Ideas

  1. Our elves took 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. Sometimes the elves 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. Took 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. Went on a joyride with all the house stuffed 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
  20. Turned the ceiling fan on high so all the homework papers on the kitchen counter went flying everywhere
  21. Put green food coloring in the milk. (We could tell it was the elf because he had green fingers.)

Elf on the Shelf Mischievous 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. Left a Note and a Hot Chocolate with an “8 WEEKS OF FUN” from 365 Atlanta Family – Thanks Kristy Stevison-Casey. This one is my favorite:)

What have your elves done? Send us a photo!

Don’t have an Elf yet? There are two kinds. The Elf on the Shelf, and Elf Magic. Our elf is from the Elf Magic clan. Then we inherited a old Elf on the Shelf guy from my cousin. If you don’t know how to summon the elves, Amazon can help. They also have more Elf on the Shelf mischievous ideas, and even outfits to dress your elves.


Our Elf Story (Or why I finally broke down and welcomed an Elf)

I’ve have a love/hate relationship with the Christmas elves. I resisted for years, even turning a blind eye when my son put out crackers and water, night after night in hopes that an elf would visit our house.

It would have broken the heart of any other parent to hear him beg. “Please. please? Maybe just a baker elf, or a cleaning elf? They could help. Please.”

No. I had to stick to my guns. No amount of screaming, crying or disappointed little faces would change my mind. I had too much to do in December and there is too much commercialism in the holidays anyway.  No elf.

What Happens When Grandma Gets Involved

Sometimes ‘No’ only means no until Grandma gets involved. One day I was lamenting to my cousin about the elf ‘situation,’ when we had a little heavenly intervention from my Godmother, egged on by my Grandmother, who seemed to say “For goodness sake, give the poor boy an elf.”

Since both my Godmother and my Grandmother had passed away, they spoke through my cousin saying “You know, I think we have one of those elves. My mom always had them on the shelf growing up. They’re a little creepy, but you can have them.”

Yup, those are them, the creepy elves, also known as the Elf on the Shelf. And so my love/hate relationship with ‘those damn elves’ began.

Elf Ideas: The Arrival

For those that don’t know about the elves, and I’m surprised every year that I come across people who do not, there are two kinds of elves, the Elf on a Shelf, and the Magic Elf which comes alive and creates mischief – to the children’s delight and the mother’s horror.
As Elf on the Shelf has become more prevalent, he seems to get into quite a bit of mischief too, but originally, he was just supposed to move around and report back to Santa how the kids are doing.
Elf on the Shelf Mischievous Ideas

One year Santa found some stowaways on his sled when he came to work at Phipps Plaza doing pictures.

Some elves arrive at Thanksgiving, and others don’t come until a week or two before Christmas. Our elves arrive as late as possible or when I just can’t stand the begging anymore. Last year they hitched a ride with Santa and he delivered them when we went to get our picture taken. The photo I snapped of Santa giving my son the elves, is one reason I wish I had given into the request for the elves earlier when my older son begged and begged.
Elf Mischief Ideas

This is why I allow ‘those damn elves’ in my house.

The elves can be a hassle, and the retailers have definitely capitalized on making money on the fun, but at its heart, the elves are another form of Christmas magic. The mischief doesn’t have to be huge, or cost a lot, and the joy on the kids faces is pure gold.
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So you've been convinced to welcome an elf into your house for the holidays? Well, here are some great and easy ideas for your family's mischievous little elf on the shelf! These ideas are funny, clever, and creative for kids, for toddlers, and even for teens. There's tips for the the elf's arrival, letter ideas, hilarious pranks, and more. Your family will be laughing the whole Christmas season until its time to say goodbye. #Christmas #kids #family #elfontheshelf #holidays

Sue Rodman | Managing Editor & Business Development

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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