April Fools

Hilarious Pranks To Pull This April Fool's Day

Published 19th March 2021
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April Fool's Day is the perfect time to unleash your inner child, whether you're looking for some light-hearted fun or prefer some wickedly hilarious pranks to pull on your nearest and dearest. Although the origins of April Fool's Day are typically debated, there's one thing we can all agree on: April 1st is the perfect opportunity to let your imagination run wild with potential pranks to pull. 

Pulling off the perfect April Fool’s prank is a skill that takes time and dedication. That’s why we’ve rounded up the most hilarious practical jokes to pull this April Fool’s Day, along with some advice on what not to do. After all, the key here is humour - not humiliation (for you or the other party involved!). So, whether you’re a self-confessed class clown or a total comedy calamity, our side-splitting suggestions are sure to produce a gaggle of giggles!


Advice for April Fool’s Day pranks

pranking the boss

Before you start your pranking and tomfoolery, you’ll need to have a solid plan in place to pull it off perfectly. Plenty of pranks take time and forethought, particularly in the days or even weeks leading up to April 1st - and you don’t want a prank to fail just because you didn’t prepare! Whether you’re playing it safe with a co-worker or plotting an immense practical joke on your partner, preparation is key. Remember: by failing to prepare, you’re preparing to fail!

Know your audience

Just as you wouldn't want your poor old granny opening up a naughty novelty present intended for your partner, you also wouldn't want to deliver the perfect prank just for it to fall flat. Knowing your audience is key to landing the perfect April Fool's prank without offending anyone. The ideal target is a friend or family member who loves to have a joke and will take it on the chin as the playful prank that it is.

Risk management

Pulling pranks in the workplace is one of the best ways to boost staff morale, but you need to make sure they’re safe for work first! And, unless you have an incredibly friendly and casual relationship with your target, it’s probably best to stay away from pulling pranks on them. The same can be said for anyone that’s generally quite serious and doesn’t appreciate the joke to be on them. Although most pranks are done in jest, you don’t want to be making any enemies just for a bit of fun!

Start small

If you're a first-time-prankster, you may think others see you as the most innocent trickster of the bunch. While that may be true, you don't want to go in with the biggest and most elaborate prank you can possibly think of to prove this assumption wrong. If you attempt to pull a prank of epic proportions for it all to come crashing down, you’ll forever be known as the April Fool's fail and will become the butt of the joke rather than your unknowing target. Start small with a crafty DIY project to surprise your practical joke victim and work your way up to pranks of grandeur.


April fools pranks for kids

pranks for kids

Although the classic whoopee cushion prank could be considered overdone by some, there’s no doubt that the old jokes really are the best - and, when it comes to making your little ones laugh, toilet humour is a foolproof choice! On the subject of toilet humour, another classic prank that children love is fake dog poo. Novelty and a little bit naughty, this old-school prank is sure to result in squeals, screams and barrels of laughter when placed strategically on the floor.

Drawing on your sleeping victim is another April Fool’s joke that’s as old as they come — but it’s a timeless classic! Be kind to your unsuspecting victim by using easy-to-clean washable markers or pull a prank with a punch with the help of some permanent markers (we recommend Sharpie for this one!). 

For the young tricksters out there, a Pranklopedia book has everything they need to know to get started. Packed with mischievous (not mean!) pranks, this is the ideal book for comedy-loving kids. Prepare yourself though - you may end up on their list of targets!

Have a parent or sibling that constantly hogs the TV remote? If so, this next prank’s for you. Tape over the sensor with opaque duct tape, preferably the same colour as the remote itself, and watch them fill with frustration when the remote stops working - even after changing the batteries! Alternatively, buy another TV remote and secretly change channels while they’re not looking. If you’re careful not to overuse this one, it will keep you laughing for months on end. 

Does your mum always complain that you don’t offer to make her a cup of tea? Make her a seemingly scrumptious cuppa but swap out the sugar for a teaspoon of salt - we bet she’ll never ask again! Another hilarious trick to play on your unsuspecting parents, cut out photos of random celebrities, add them to every family photo in the house, and see how long it takes them to notice!

If you have a young child, you may need to get involved and team up to help create some of these prank masterpieces, which you can both then take aim at your partner or family member. From Oreos filled with toothpaste to soap that won’t lather no matter how hard they try, here are some great ideas to help you plan for the big day.


April fools pranks for parents

pranks for parents

Who said mum and dad can’t get in on the fun? Let’s face it, the best pranks are on those that are most unsuspecting - and children definitely make that list! Pranking your kids with harmless, silly surprises or goofy gags is a great way to get them involved in some April Fool’s fun while getting them back for all the annoying pranks they have pulled on you over the years.

On the night before April Fool’s, sneak into your youngster’s room and make some changes that will surprise them in the morning. Put underwear on their dolls and teddies, fill their bedroom with balloons, switch sleeping siblings into each other’s beds, or wake them up as one of their favourite Avengers - the possibilities are endless!

Get your child to unknowingly eat their greens by dipping brussels sprouts in melted chocolate and putting them in the fridge to harden. Once they’ve set, serve them up for a disgusting shock! If your child is particularly freaked out by bugs, place remote-controlled fake insects anywhere around the house where they’ll be discovered with a squeal - on their hairbrush, in their shoes, under their pillows, even in their cereal!

For more ideas, watch this compilation of hilarious pranks that you can pull on your unknowing children that are far from the average dad joke:


April fools jokes for adults

April fools jokes for adults

Adult-only April Fool’s pranks are where the fun really begins. If you’re feeling particularly evil, kick it up a notch by setting up a joke parking penalty ticket on an unsuspecting victim while watching from afar. Alternatively, set up a sign inside your target’s car that reads ‘honk and smile’ out of their view, and they’ll be wondering why everyone is suddenly acting so flirty!

Fancy getting creative with your co-workers? If you’re working in the office, cover their computers in post-it notes for a funny way to start the day, put their favourite pieces of stationery in jelly and hide it in their desk, or wrap all of their belongings in wrapping paper and watch them unwrap each item one by one - think of it as the gift that keeps giving!

For those that are working from home, get in on the fun by livening up Zoom meetings. Surprise your colleagues with a hilarious (if not slightly creepy!) mask or get a family member to dress up and appear in the background of your video. To really mess with your colleagues, send them a message about that ‘really important report’ that you’re waiting on, then sit back and watch as they scramble to fathom what they’ve forgotten. 

The perfect prank for those tech-phobic relatives: grab their phone while they’re not looking and change the autocorrect feature in settings and replace commonly used words with something else. Keep it a secret and watch their confusion and frustration grow or make it obvious by replacing a simple word with ‘Happy April Fool’s Day!’.


How to avoid being pranked yourself

How to avoid being pranked yourself

Just like you, there will be many people plotting their pranks in the weeks leading up to April 1st, so keep a close eye on your friends, relatives and colleagues. Don’t get too caught up in the moment and forget to watch out for potential pranksters coming for you. Remember, everyone’s a suspect on April 1st!

Trust no one, suspect everyone

Anyone and everyone could be a secret trickster planning and scheming their next prank - and you could be the target! Whether it’s your partner, a friend, an enemy, or even a complete stranger, you never know where the next trick will be coming from. Is a coworker being a little bit too friendly? Has someone offered you a seemingly ordinary piece of cake? Stay vigilant and remember - no matter who you choose to target, always expect retaliation!


Pulling off the perfect prank

Pulling off the perfect prank

April Fool’s Day is an excellent opportunity to have some light-hearted fun, whether it’s at the expense of another person or even yourself. Whether you’re a seasoned practical joker or new to the tomfoolery, the perfect prank is out there - just make sure your victim has a good sense of humour and can take a joke! If you’re keen to get in on the action, take a look through OnBuy’s selection of practical jokes and get ready to crack out the big guns for the big day.



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