Where does the Easter bunny live? An Egg-Cellent Question, Answered

For every egg you color in preparation for Easter, you’ll likely answer just as many questions about the Easter Bunny. It’s practically part of the Easter tradition now. Some questions make this whole parenting thing easy. What kind of music does the Easter Bunny like? hip-hop; next please. What is the Easter Bunny’s favorite sport? Is basketball all you got, kid? But there’s one question that will almost trip you up: where does the Easter Bunny live? And no, it’s not just any fictional town with Bunny in the name you’re about to blurt out.

Truth be told, there’s quite a bit of mystery surrounding where this egg-carrying holiday bunny takes up residence. Everyone knows Santa lives at the North Pole, so why don’t we have the Easter Bunny’s address locked up too? We know how to call the legendary hare, how to email him, and even how to keep tabs on the Easter Bunny’s whereabouts. Yet no one seems to know exactly where he hangs his hat.

Luckily, there are a few fun theories — from plausible to downright silly — that you can share with your kids when they inevitably ask.

So where does the Easter Bunny live?

Since the Easter Bunny’s location is so shrouded in secrecy, it can live just about anywhere you say it lives. But you’re nothing if you don’t commit to keeping the magic alive, are you? This means you’ll probably want to give a fairly specific answer. Well, you have several options:

1. Easter Island

Most tracking apps — and the internet in general — suggest the Easter Bunny lives on Easter Island, a remote outpost in the southeastern Pacific Ocean that belongs to Chile. Designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site, the extremely isolated island sits at the far south-east of the Polynesian Triangle in Oceania. And it is famous for its nearly 1,000 giant stone monuments, called moai. In other words, it’s full of mystery – and potentially a sweet spot for a mythical chocolate bunny that lays messenger eggs. However, it is not called Easter Island for this reason. Dutch explorer Jacob Roggeveen gave the territory its name when he encountered it on Easter Sunday in 1722.

Even so, Easter Island is a logical place for the Easter Bunny to reside for several reasons. For starters, it’s about 1,200 miles from its nearest neighbors. In addition, Rapa Nui National Park covers 40% of the island. This protected wildlife area features rolling grasslands and pink sand beaches (yes, pink, aka sure the Easter bunny lives here). And, finally, some people believe that monolithic moai could come to life and help the Easter Bunny – much like Santa’s elves, but in a very Night at the museum kind of path.

2. Egg Harbor, Wis.

OK, sure, that might not sound as intriguing as Easter Island. Give it a chance, though. Named one of the coolest small towns in America, Egg Harbor sits along the Niagara Escarpment on the waters of Green Bay. At just 6.62 square miles, it’s tiny. But wouldn’t that make it a smart choice for the Easter Bunny? Who would expect him to hide there? Plus, what the town lacks in size it makes up for in charm…much like the Holiday Hare itself.

3. Earth’s Core

What? The internet is a wild place, y’all. Follow the logic. Thus, Santa Claus lives in the coldest place on the planet and bypasses detection by flying above the ground. Could this mean that the Easter Bunny resides in the hottest part of the globe and avoids prying eyes by navigating an elaborate network of secret tunnels deep underground? Sure. We will play the game.

Where did the Easter bunny originally come from?

Although theories about where the Easter Bunny currently lives abound, one popular theory explains where it originated. According to History.com, it arrived in North America when Germans immigrated to Pennsylvania in the 1700s. They brought their tradition of “Osterhase” or “Oschter Haws” – a hare for which children built nests so so that it can lay its colored eggs.

Does the Easter Bunny have a home?

No mystery here, it seems! Rabbits settle in underground burrows. So while the location of this burrow may be up for debate, the consensus is that the Easter Bunny lives in a hare’s traditional “home”.

Alicia R. Rucker