Woman Claims “Haunted” Elsa Doll Keeps Coming Back After Being Thrown Away

A Houston woman recently took to social media to complain about her daughter’s Elsa doll, which not only starts singing on its own even when switched off, but has also returned after being thrown away multiple times.

Emily Madonia recalls that the problematic Elsa doll became a part of her family’s life on Christmas 2013, as a gift for her daughter. It recited several lines from the Disney animation blockbuster “Frozen”, as well as the iconic song “Let It Go” when a small button was pushed on her necklace. Everything was fine for two years, but in 2015, she started alternating between English and Spanish, when before she had only recited lines in English. Then it started singing and speaking randomly, even when her switch was turned off, but the family brushed it off as some sort of glitch or wiring problem. But things got really weird lat December, when Emily decided to throw the doll out with the trash, and it somehow kept coming back…

Photo: Emily Madonia/Facebook

“Ok guys, seriously, we need help. To recap for those of you who have not been following our Elsa doll saga, Mat threw it away weeks ago and then we found it inside a wooden bench,” Madonia wrote on Facebook. “Okay….so we were weirded out and tightly wrapped it in its own garbage bag and put that garbage bag INSIDE another garbage bag filled with other garbage and put it in the bottom of our garbage can underneath a bunch of other bags of garbage and wheeled it to the curb and it was collected on garbage day. Great, right? We went out of town, forgot about it. Today Aurélia says, ‘Mom, I saw the Elsa doll again in the backyard.”

Like many of the people who commented on her post, Emily initially thought that the doll’s return home was a prank set up by someone they knew, but then she realized that there was no way someone could go after the garbage truck and then dive in the trash to retrieve the doll. And it was the same doll every time, as Emily says it has a distinct marker stains on it.

“The doll has some marker on her from my daughter coloring over the years, so I know the doll that reappeared was the original and not a replacement,” the Houson woman wrote. “Most logical thinkers believe it’s a prank, but I don’t understand how or when it was done, especially because the garbage truck had taken it away.”

Photo: Emily Madonia/Facebook

After their Elsa doll came back the second tie, they decided to take a different approach, so they decided to send it to an “online running friend” in Minnesota without a return address so that he couldn’t mail it back. The “haunted” doll allegedly laughed for 30 seconds as Emily prepared the box, which had never happened before.

Earlier this month, Madonia announced that the doll had reached Chris Hogan, in Minnesota, and that he taped her to the brush guard of his Jeep, just to be sure. But if she somehow breaks loose, he plans to weld it into a steel pipe and sink it in Lake of the Woods.

Asked why she didn’t just throw the doll into a fire, Emily said: “because it does no good, if there is something in the doll, it will come out. You can’t destroy what’s inside. Honestly I don’t know if any of this junk is true. But I wanted the doll off my property ASAP. I was tired of it coming back and hiding in weird places.”


Although she’s glad to have the doll under her friend’s supervision, 1,500 miles away, Emily Madonia was surprised by how many enthusiasts of the supernatural contacted her abut the creepy toy after her story went viral. She was also contacted by paranormal investigators, the Travel Channel and several news sites.

If this haunted doll story isn’t creepy enough for you, maybe read about Okiku, the Japanese doll that allegedly grows hair, and this real-life Annabelle that has been terrorizing a Peruvian family for years.