Elf on the Shelf Halloween and the Switch Witch

25 September 2018 137 Comments
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Yes, I know the elf on the shelf doesn’t normally visit until December with the North Pole Breakfast, but in our house, we have a Halloween Elf on the Shelf too!

We love Halloween in this house and it is normally the first time the Elf on the Shelf makes his annual appearance!

We mummify the elf on the shelf and often have a switch witch that pays a visit too!

Halloween at the Browns

Honestly, I know I am mad, but the kids absolutely love it!

Elf on the Shelf Halloween

Before Freddie was homeschooled, the Halloween Elf on the Shelf would come and decorate our house. It, of course, wasn’t the Christmas elf, Twinkletoes, it was her cousin!

Halloween Elf on the Shelf

But the Halloween Elf, who still remains nameless, would be wearing some sort of creepy Halloween costume and would leave little spooky gifts. Like lots of creepy spiders, or a Halloween book. She would report back to Santa when they returned to the North Pole, straight after Halloween. Sort of like a pre-check up, before Twinkletoes, comes on December 1st.

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Our Halloween Elf on the shelf doesn’t move other than decorating the house of course! But if you are interested to see what our Christmas Elf gets up to, check out these 14 free Elf on the Shelf Antics.

Halloween Elf on the Shelf

Halloween Elf on the Shelf, ideas of how to bring back the Halloween Elf

I try and mix things up each year with our Halloween elf, and I have come across these accessories. She is always wearing something “scary” though. My favourite was pictured above, where we mummified her. I found an old white tea towel and ripped it up, and added some red food colouring! A nice free elf on the shelf costume.

Halloween Fairy Door

Fairy Door for Halloween

Halloween Elf Sweater

Halloween Elf Sweater

Halloween skirt for Elf on the Shelf

Halloween Skirt for Elf on the Shelf

What is a Switch Witch?

This is a good witch that takes some of the kid’s sweets that they have received while trick or treating and changes it into a toy! This works really well for us as Freddie doesn’t really like sweets or chocolate. In fact one year someone had some fruit in their bowl and Freddie was apparently the only child that actually opted for fruit!!

The Switch Witch and the Magic of Switchcraft

You can’t buy this in the UK, but you can purchase it from America and pay the delivery. A lot of the Elf on the Shelf costumes etc I have purchased this way.

The Skeleton in the Closet

This year I have come across yet another Halloween book and doll which I will be getting. The Skeleton in the Closet!! This is an alternative to the Elf on the Shelf and the skeleton comes for the Halloween season and plays tricks on the children. Unfortunately, I have not found it in the UK, but you can get this from Amazon.com.

The Skeleton in the Closet

Kids Halloween Costumes

Halloween would not be the same if kids were just wearing regular clothes. For us, it is all about the kids Halloween costumes!

These are just a few of the outfits Freddie has worn over Halloween. He absolutely loves it as you can see!!!

I have been scouting this year already to find some of the best kids Halloween costumes.

Boys Halloween costumes

I know Marshmello is NOT scary, but I was looking through these with Freddie (aged 9) and he insisted I included the costume!

Girls Halloween Costumes

Halloween Dress

Although I love Halloween, I do not enjoy wearing fancy dress. However, I can not let Halloween go without at least trying, so I always find a nice Halloween Dress!

What are your Elf on the Shelf Halloween traditions? Let me know in the comments below. If you are looking for more fun activities this Halloween, check out our free Halloween word search printable, Halloween Treasure Hunt, and Mad Libs for Halloween.

How to bring back the Elf on the Shelf for Halloween

Last Updated on 22 July 2021 by homeschoolof1

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I am Clare, a homeschooling mom from the UK but now homeschooling in Florida with my 11 year old son.

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  • amy Simpson 25 September 2018 at 1:14 pm

    The decorations and costumes x

  • Iain Maciver 25 September 2018 at 1:15 pm

    trick and treating and the dressing up

  • Peter Watson 25 September 2018 at 1:30 pm

    I’m not a fan of Halloween but my grandchildren love it.

  • Tracy Nixon (@tracyknixon) 25 September 2018 at 1:39 pm

    I love carving turnips for my children and taking them trick or treating!

  • clair downham 25 September 2018 at 1:54 pm


  • Lindsey Stuart 25 September 2018 at 2:01 pm

    I love carving the pumpkin with my daughter, Great fun and brings back memories of when I was little. Dressing up is fun too.

  • andrea tinkler 25 September 2018 at 2:11 pm

    Love decoating our home, then taking the kids trick or treating and enjoying the sweets. they always share xxx

  • Joo Dee 25 September 2018 at 3:22 pm

    its nice to see the little ones enjoying the day!

  • Bev (@bev_metallica) 25 September 2018 at 3:38 pm

    Carving the pumpkin – I love that!

  • mariad411 25 September 2018 at 4:04 pm

    watching scary films

  • yetanotherfrugalblog 25 September 2018 at 4:08 pm

    The local area puts a lot of effort in for Halloween. They decorate the houses, have a couple of pop up tents on the street serving hot drinks and treats to raise money for local charities. I love walking around there. It gets busy and there’s a great community feel to it. Anyone who doesn’t want to take part just puts an orange poster in their window and they’re left alone.

  • Amy Bondoc 25 September 2018 at 5:04 pm

    I love carving the pumpkin with my daughter,

  • Isabel O 25 September 2018 at 5:37 pm

    Probably the ‘excuse’ to eat spooky themed sweeties and chocolate!

  • Solange 25 September 2018 at 5:45 pm

    We love the dressing up.

  • laura stewart 25 September 2018 at 6:09 pm

    seeing the kids dressed up x

  • Annabel Greaves 25 September 2018 at 7:25 pm

    I really love seeing the kids dress in their Halloween costumes

  • lozzle77 25 September 2018 at 7:53 pm

    dressing up for trick or treating

  • Susan B 25 September 2018 at 8:02 pm

    I like seeing the children’s costumes. Some are really creative.

  • MARK HOPKINS 25 September 2018 at 9:21 pm

    Trick or Treat with my daughter.

  • john prendergast 25 September 2018 at 9:44 pm

    the dressing up

  • Amanda tanner 25 September 2018 at 10:34 pm

    I still love dressing up even in my 30s

  • Laura Turner 25 September 2018 at 10:37 pm

    I love it when the toddlers come knocking in their cute little outfits.I spoil them rotten with treats.

  • Angela Treadway 26 September 2018 at 11:33 am

    taking my kids out trick or treating x

  • Charlotte G 26 September 2018 at 2:28 pm

    I love seeing my son all dressed up and excited πŸ™‚

  • Margaret Clarkson 26 September 2018 at 3:58 pm

    I like dressing up, usually as a witch or a vampire.

  • isis1981uk 26 September 2018 at 7:44 pm

    Dressing up & doing my face paint!

  • Martina Pichova 27 September 2018 at 2:22 pm

    I love carving the pumpkin with the kids.

  • Ana Nunes 27 September 2018 at 3:42 pm

    Everything! I’m a little bit Goth, so for me Halloween should be all year πŸ˜€

  • Kim Carberry 28 September 2018 at 4:03 pm

    I love seeing how excited my girls get. I am not a fan of Halloween but they love it.

  • nicola dean 28 September 2018 at 8:06 pm

    I enjoy taking the kids trick or treating.

  • Laura Lee - Comp 28 September 2018 at 8:52 pm

    My almost 4 year old has been Halloween obsessed since he was about 2, to him its his Christmas I love all of his excitment and nervous energy around it. This would be amazing to win for him

  • Lorraine Tinsley 28 September 2018 at 10:09 pm

    I love Halloween as my kids love dressing up, their little faces when they get a whole bag full of candy. I love seeing them happy.

  • Adrienne McGroder 28 September 2018 at 10:55 pm

    Trick or Treating

  • Jodie Green 29 September 2018 at 7:57 am

    I love the kids dressing up and decorating the house

  • jamie piper 29 September 2018 at 8:54 am

    trick or treating with the kids

  • Libby Noack 29 September 2018 at 1:17 pm

    I never experienced Halloween as a child – so I love experiencing it with my children for the first time πŸ™‚

  • Sally Collingwood 29 September 2018 at 2:07 pm

    I like giving kids sweets at the door

  • CAROLYN HEYWORTH 29 September 2018 at 5:15 pm

    Dark night, dressing up. sweet and decorating the house

  • Helen Tovell 29 September 2018 at 9:44 pm

    Decorating the house and the baking

  • Phil O'neill 30 September 2018 at 8:19 am

    Dressing up and trick or treating

  • Ruth Harwood 30 September 2018 at 9:45 am

    love the kids excitement and the fun of trick or treating!! xx

  • claire woods 30 September 2018 at 10:44 am

    Decorating the house.

  • arosetintedworld 30 September 2018 at 12:05 pm

    Some great ideas here. Thank you for sharing #KCACOLS

  • gemma hendry 30 September 2018 at 6:03 pm

    dressing up in scary costumes

  • Lorna Ledger 30 September 2018 at 6:23 pm

    I love decorating the house, trick or treaters coming round and the themed food

  • Danielle Spencer 30 September 2018 at 9:39 pm

    The very polite and grateful children that we offer sweet to.

  • Rich Tyler 1 October 2018 at 12:47 am

    Seeing how happy kids are!

  • James McLaughlin 1 October 2018 at 10:09 am

    Dressing up with my family and going to our friends annual halloween party. It’s awesome fun.

  • Donna Clinton 1 October 2018 at 11:42 am

    I love joining in the fun with my daughter and dressing up!

  • mummyhereandthere 1 October 2018 at 6:20 pm

    I love the dressing up X

  • Sarah Austin 2 October 2018 at 9:33 pm

    The fancy dress!

  • cheryl hadfield 2 October 2018 at 10:34 pm

    Fancy dress and the spooky trick or treaters

  • Catherine Bullas 2 October 2018 at 11:21 pm

    Trick or treating with my 5 kids and carving the pumpkins with them.

  • Ursula Hunt 3 October 2018 at 10:01 am

    I like apple bobbing

  • Christy 3 October 2018 at 10:50 am

    This is the first year we’re actually celebrating Halloween. I can’t wait to get my son into some fancy dress and go to a tots disco! #KCACOLS

  • amanda w 3 October 2018 at 1:35 pm

    i lvoe it when the little ones come knocking on the door! they just look soooo cute!!

  • Gary Topley 4 October 2018 at 7:11 pm

    Taking my daughters trick or treating. Thankyou for the competition x

  • Gary Topley 4 October 2018 at 7:13 pm

    Taking my daughters ‘trick or treating’, thankyou for the competition x

  • Madeline (This Glorious Life) 4 October 2018 at 8:33 pm

    I have to admit that I’m still a bit resistant to the whole halloween thing! We don’t do all that much to mark the day here, but it sounds like you have a lot of fun with it in your house! x #KCACOLS

  • Lynsey Buchanan 5 October 2018 at 1:16 am

    I enjoy throwing the kids a halloween party and I also enjoy watching lots of scary movies

  • Lynn Neal 5 October 2018 at 8:44 am

    The fun of dressing up !

  • Jackie (@Jac7724) 5 October 2018 at 2:09 pm

    Pumpkin making is a lot of fun, and scary movies!!

  • Kim Neville 5 October 2018 at 5:39 pm

    Taking my kids trick or treating. They love dressing up too πŸ™‚

  • claire croft 7 October 2018 at 7:27 am


  • Abigail 7 October 2018 at 9:19 am

    I love all of it but my favourite bit would be making costumes!

  • Tracy Hanley 7 October 2018 at 7:12 pm

    I love to see all the little ones dressing up

  • Carrie-Anne Brown 7 October 2018 at 8:21 pm

    I love going pumpkin picking with my little boy each year the most πŸ™‚

  • aliduke79hotmailcom 8 October 2018 at 9:52 am

    The books look fantastic, I have never seen those before. Thanks so much for linking up at #KCACOLS. Hope you come back again next time

  • Trish Marshall 8 October 2018 at 11:23 am

    <3 Fabulous <3

  • Virtually All Sorts (@AllSortsHere) 8 October 2018 at 6:51 pm

    Love the idea of the Switch Witch, great idea! #kcacols

  • Laura Pyper 8 October 2018 at 10:09 pm

    the dressing up

  • robyn297 9 October 2018 at 11:13 am

    Decorating the house for Halloween is my favourite

  • Karen Barrett 9 October 2018 at 3:27 pm

    Making our Halloween door wreath

  • zoe brown 9 October 2018 at 9:31 pm

    i dont stand out so much on Halloween lol my nephews being dressed up

  • Maria P 10 October 2018 at 9:46 am

    I love the spooky decorations and pumpkin carving πŸ™‚

  • Emma J Walters (@emmav6) 10 October 2018 at 1:04 pm

    carving the pumpkin we grow all year for halloween

  • irene gilmour 11 October 2018 at 10:04 pm

    love seeing all the kids dressed up we get a lot of our kids friends that come to tell us jokes or do a wee dance

  • Michaela Turner 12 October 2018 at 6:03 am

    I love the excuse of getting friends and family together over Halloween

  • Shan Ellis 12 October 2018 at 1:47 pm

    What’s not to love about getting the family together and dressing up with all the food? Loved this post thank you! #KCACOLS

  • Sharon Arnott 12 October 2018 at 4:22 pm

    Excited kids standing there looking on in anticipation at the door when they come trick or treating

  • Kate Eccles 12 October 2018 at 8:46 pm

    Our Elf visits on birthdays, I don’t think I can cope with Halloween too, although the mummified elf is brilliant! Happy Halloween! #KCACOLS

  • piperanddaisy 13 October 2018 at 8:13 pm

    I love the fact that Halloween is the only time of year I can get my hubby to dress up in fancy dress and he always looks amazing! Last year he dressed as Gene Simmonds from Kiss and for a quiet, shy guy, it was such a transformation!

  • JULIE WARD 13 October 2018 at 8:44 pm

    Love watching youngest grandson making his pumpkin lantern and him wearing his outfit

  • Sarah Lin 13 October 2018 at 10:40 pm

    I now enjoy Halloween in our new area, which is near a primary school so most people near us put out pumpkins and decorations but some go all in and it’s fabulous seeing other peoples gardens & ideas!
    I love the air and enjoy getting dressed up & being daft with the kids, meeting new neighbours out and about. EXCITED!

  • rebecca smith 14 October 2018 at 7:05 am

    I love getting all dressed up and spooky with my little ones

  • lorraine kirk 14 October 2018 at 8:11 am

    I love to make fun Halloween food!

  • Jackie Howell 14 October 2018 at 8:48 am

    love trick or treating with the kids

  • Allan Wilson 15 October 2018 at 5:27 am

    Heading out Guising with the kids

  • Jenny Jones 15 October 2018 at 10:48 am

    We love dressing up in our house

  • Allan Fullarton 15 October 2018 at 11:07 am

    Love the fancy dress.

  • Helen Aiken 15 October 2018 at 1:46 pm

    I love seeing all the kids out trick or treating in their Halloween costumes.

  • sheridarby 15 October 2018 at 4:54 pm

    Hearing all the excited little witches and wizards running about

  • Jemima Bradshaw 15 October 2018 at 7:05 pm

    The pumpkin curry πŸ™‚

  • janine atkin 15 October 2018 at 8:06 pm

    watching scary movies together

  • Tracy Hanson 15 October 2018 at 8:12 pm

    tTaking the “little monsters” trick or treating and then when they are in bed, watching horror films in the dark with the lights off.

  • Catherine L Spencer 16 October 2018 at 10:30 am

    We love to decorate the house, play spooky games and have some of my boys friends round. Lots of gross food, fun and games love Halloween x

  • donna large 16 October 2018 at 11:28 am

    seeing all the different costumes

  • mychaoticblissblog 16 October 2018 at 11:44 am

    We love going to our local halloween party

  • Jenny Rogers 16 October 2018 at 12:48 pm

    Lots of Halloween themed food.

  • Amanda Gregory 16 October 2018 at 1:56 pm

    Trick or Treating with my great-niece.

  • Fiona Johnstone 16 October 2018 at 4:24 pm

    I love decorating the house and making Halloween themed cakes, biscuits and sweets for the party

  • natasha davies 16 October 2018 at 4:28 pm


  • Kevin Johnson 16 October 2018 at 4:42 pm

    I love taking my daughter trick-or-treating and seeing all of the great costumes.

  • Hannah Scudder 16 October 2018 at 8:28 pm

    I love the dressing up and the fun.

  • Rebecca Whatmore 16 October 2018 at 8:31 pm

    Seeing all the children enjoying themselves and apple bobbing!

  • Diana 16 October 2018 at 8:54 pm

    Trick or treating πŸ™‚

  • amanda greensmith 16 October 2018 at 9:48 pm

    we love trick or treating

  • Maria Jane Knight ? (@mariajkknight) 16 October 2018 at 9:49 pm

    I love seeing all the little kiddies dressed up!

  • Danielle Graves 16 October 2018 at 10:13 pm

    I love getting creative with carving pumpkins and costumes

  • Angie McDonald 16 October 2018 at 10:17 pm

    I love having an excuse to watch lots of Scary movies!

  • Sarah Russell 16 October 2018 at 10:35 pm

    Taking the kids out trick or treating! have such lovely memories of taking our children and now our grandaughters.

  • Adrian Bold 16 October 2018 at 10:58 pm

    I enjoy the fancy dress parties.

  • DAWN HULL 16 October 2018 at 11:00 pm

    It definitely has to be the Halloween trick or treating.

  • ellie spider 16 October 2018 at 11:17 pm

    all the candy and costumes πŸ˜€

  • MARIA ROGERS 17 October 2018 at 12:07 am

    sweeties and chocolate! yummy!

  • Kirsty Woods 17 October 2018 at 6:05 am

    Carving the pumpkin with the children, we have grown our own this year

  • Geoff Hibbert 17 October 2018 at 6:51 am

    The costumes

  • Jo McPherson 17 October 2018 at 9:03 am

    our Halloween dinner

  • Katrina Adams 17 October 2018 at 9:11 am

    Got to be seeing all the costumes people have put so much effort into.

  • Kay Broomfield 17 October 2018 at 10:32 am

    I love getting dressed up with my children. And I love the films – I’m a massive horror movie fan!

  • Troy Easton 17 October 2018 at 12:32 pm

    Watch Halloween movies

  • carol boffey 17 October 2018 at 12:38 pm

    great giveaway

  • Adrian Clarke 17 October 2018 at 1:55 pm

    My kids having a Great time!

  • Colin Gault 17 October 2018 at 2:21 pm

    Getting all kids dressed up

  • Debbie Finnerty 17 October 2018 at 3:03 pm

    its the perfect excuse to get dressed up and have fun with friends and family. I love how excited the kids get too

  • Sandra Foreman 17 October 2018 at 3:45 pm

    Watching Hocus Pocus

  • tamara foster 17 October 2018 at 3:47 pm

    Taking the kids trick n treating

  • Sarah Cooper 17 October 2018 at 4:16 pm

    Pumpkin carving

  • Hayley Todd 17 October 2018 at 4:22 pm

    I love the build up, decorating the house with my girls, carving pumpkins, Halloween crafting and buying our costumes!

  • Lucy Beckett 17 October 2018 at 7:35 pm

    halloween is one of my favourite times of year! i love to dress up!

  • antonia j richardson 17 October 2018 at 7:44 pm

    dressing up

  • cathryn1 17 October 2018 at 7:50 pm

    trick or treating

  • Theresa Thomas 17 October 2018 at 7:50 pm

    Dressing the house and garden and awaiting the lil ones

  • Melissa Lee 17 October 2018 at 9:27 pm

    I love the pumpkin carving. They can look so impressive!

  • Tee Simpson 17 October 2018 at 10:54 pm

    I love dressing up for halloween.

  • Twiddle Dee 17 October 2018 at 11:43 pm

    Dressing up with my daughters x

  • Elves, Fairies and Me 11 September 2019 at 5:16 pm

    Love this, I think my children are too old to start Switch Witch but I was tempted to get it anyway.

    Our Christmas elves don’t come back for Halloween but we have woodland elves that come for Autumn and Halloween activities instead.

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