11 EASY April Fools Day Pranks.

April Fools Day is almost here! Here are 11 of the easiest April Fools Day pranks you can pull this year.  The lazy person’s guide to April Fool’s Day.

Last year’s The Art of Doing Stuff April Fools Day prank

Here’s the problem with April Fools Day.  It’s always on April 1st. That immediately takes a generous amount of surprise out of the whole situation. Now if it was a random, rotating day that’d be a different story altogether.  THAT would give a real chance at surprising someone.

But because everyone is kind of expecting something on April 1st, your April Fools Day pranks either have to be so over the top that they’re obviously done just for the hilarity of it.  Orrrrrrr they have to be so smart, so subtle that the victim doesn’t know immediately that they’ve been pranked.

The last reaction you want from an April Fools Day prank is for someone to just roll their eyes. Or even worse – have no reaction at all.

I’m going to leave you this weekend with 11 easy pranks that pretty much anyone can do. They won’t cost $125 for post-it notes or balloons, and they won’t end in lawsuits or heart attacks.

11 Easy April Fools Day Pranks

1.Rearrange the contents in your kids or partner’s dresser drawers.

2. Work near a window? Glue a quarter (or loonie or toonie) to the sidewalk outside and watch.

3. Write a co-worker’s name on underwear and leave them somewhere in the bathroom. (this is a repeat from last year’s list because it’s SO great)

4. Out grocery shopping on April 1st?  Slip something into someone else’s cart when they aren’t looking so they find it during check out.  Hemorrhoid cream, condoms, that sort of thing …

5. Replace family photos around your house with photos of strangers or celebrities.

6. Fill a mayonnaise jar with vanilla pudding and casually eat the whole thing with a spoon in front of someone.

7. Put googly eyes on everything in the fridge.  EVERYTHING.

8. Cover the sensor on remote controls with a piece of tape so they don’t work.

9. ctrl+alt+down arrow  This will turn a Microsoft computer screen upside down ( ctrl+alt+up arrow will turn it right side up again )

10. If you’re fluent in iPhone you can change someone’s phone ring to a person screaming. Or a cat meowing. Your choice.  Then of course make sure you call them.

11. Partially melt a chocolate bar and leave it on the toilet seat. Extra points for wiping your hands on the toilet paper roll.

I think you’re sufficiently armed now. If you feel like you STILL need inspiration or a few new ideas you can read last year’s post on April Fools Day pranks.

Now before I leave you I have a bit of surprising news.   I’ve accepted a job (an actual job where I have to leave the house!) with a local seed company. I’ll be in charge of all things social media and their website. I will still post occasionally on this blog of mine because it’s become such a part of me. I won’t however be posting very often. Maybe once every other month?  I just won’t have the time.

April Fools.

SEE HOW MUCH MORE EFFECTIVE IT IS WHEN IT’S DONE ON A RANDOM DAY???

Yeah, I know, I try to get you with that one every year.  I’m sure 80% of you didn’t fall for it. You know me too well.

Have a good weekend. 😉

 

 

 

62 Comments

  1. Tracy says:

    You definitely had me and my heart skipped a beat or two…from sadness. We DON’T want to share you! XO!

  2. Sarah says:

    Back in our high school days my friend and I ruled the art of secret shopping. For fun, we’d help people shop for items they never knew they needed. You’ve gotta be sneaky and manage to bury that “gift” under their haul so the surprise happened at the check out line. The best gifts were huge granny panties or sexy lingerie. Those were some pretty funny times. Now a days, I’m a mom who is trying to raise kind and good people. Maybe I’ll go shopping alone on April 1st.

  3. TucsonPatty says:

    You almost had me, until you said a post every other month…
    Too funny!
    Happy April’s Fools Day!

  4. Kris says:

    Oh you are good. You got me. Stinker.

  5. Out west says:

    Nearly taken in. Ha ha, good one.
    Not into pranking strangers, could backfire.

  6. Joy says:

    First year following, so… Ya got me!

  7. Tina L says:

    HA! You’re the best!

  8. MaryG says:

    How can you ?! Phew. You got me

  9. Connie Bridgham says:

    Love it. You got me….

    I was instantly saddened and then immediately happy.

    (something in our history should have prepared me…..)

  10. Cathy Reeves says:

    Karen, if you ever ‘go to seed’ for real a twice a month blog post is more believable.

  11. Thank you for more ideas. Last year I pranked my then 17 year old daughter with the raison prank. We waited all day for her to brush her teeth. Finally we went to bed. So glad we did. She brushed her teeth somewhere around midnight, with no moral support except…. her friends on Instagram and FB! This THING comes out of her toothbrush! What to do? Well get all her friends to figure it out. Welcome internet searching. And going absolutely crazy ( there is the slightest touch of hypochondria there that carries over to things that might attack her).

  12. Joanne says:

    You got me…..I’ve only just started reading you and I kinda got sad.
    Btw I watched all of the episodes of ‘after life’ last night……sad, funny, effed up…..very good. Thanks for mentioning it.

  13. Sharron Wall says:

    Maybe if you had said Organic seed company…

  14. whitequeen96 says:

    I thought I would DIE when I read your announcement! Whew! I still miss the old days when you posted 5 days a week. I hope you’re taking your vitamins and doing everything you can to keep healthy because I NEED YOU! (Do I sound desperate? You bring a big dose of sunshine into my days!)

  15. jaine kunst says:

    OMG!!! I almost had a heart attack at the fake job news. You got me!

  16. Diane says:

    Well…I fell for it…hook, line and sinker and I was so disappointed! So glad it was only an April Fools Joke…you got me. As always thanks for the smile!

  17. Eileen says:

    gah….whew….

  18. Marie Anne says:

    What the heck! You got me too 😊

    When I was about 12 or 13 cling wrapped the toilet bowl, but it backfired when I had to clean up my Mom’s pee. I’m very careful about my pranks now

    • Karen says:

      Yes, that Saran Wrap trick is popular, but I’ve always steered clear of recommending that one for obvious reasons. ~ karen!

  19. Linda in Illinois says:

    Ha. You shit. Now that my heart is pounding again. I love these suggested pranks. I laughed out loud. Going to have to try some.

  20. Judy says:

    A few years ago hubby and I and another couple went to a friends wedding in another city. They graciously (stupidly) put us up at their condo. After the wedding the four of us pranked their condo while they went off on their honeymoon. A few of the things they came back to:
    All their pictures hung upside down. Plastic film stretched over the toilet bowl (hahaha couldn’t see it). Took the labels off of all their canned goods. Took all their underwear, wet it and put it in the freezer (her red undies turned his pink!)…and a few other that I can’t remember.
    And then we all flew home and waited for them to return from their honeymoon.
    I’m still giggling as I write this. They were good sports, but said they were annoyed for weeks while opening unidentified canned goods, and he had to go out and buy new underwear so he could get changed at the gym – this was about 30 years ago when pink underwear was NOT fashionable for guys.

  21. Gigi says:

    Been following for a verrrry long time and I fell so hard I immediately started thinking of which seed company? is it too late to buy seeds this year? Every other month post? What? No? Wait… can’t be, keep reading, ahh. Fooled again. There must be some kind of support group for gullibles like me. I, Gigi, am a gullible.

  22. kfh says:

    extra excellent that AFD falls on a Monday this year. i’ve been on leave this week but will be sneaking in last thing today, after everyone has headed off for the weekend but before the office gets locked up, to change my Out of Office reply to change at midnight on Sunday to say that i’m now on maternity leave. you’ve inspired me to maybe secrete some name-tagged pants in the loo, whilst i’m there. with a little chocolatey addition? depends how evil i’m feeling… have a good weekend everyone!

  23. Alena says:

    Karen,
    I think you will need to come with 2 new pranks to replace #9 and #10.
    Security is taken extremely seriously around here and no one is allowed to leave their computer unless it is locked and a password is required to log back in.
    All iPhones now use a fingerprint in lieu of a password. Otherwise I would totally do that.

    I think I will have to go with some men undies with my coworker very unique name on them even if it means I will have to come here on Sunday to be able to walk into the gents washroom.

  24. Nicole says:

    Gotta go buy some googly eyes! That sounds hilarious. I wonder if they’d stick to plastic packages with condensation on them? I guess I’ll find out, right?

    • Jan in Waterdown says:

      Hah! I was thinking I’d like to do it too but I’m getting a new fridge delivered on Tuesday…. hmmmm, maybe I should put some in the old empty one for the pickup guys?

  25. Katie King Schneider says:

    I was convinced until I re-read that you’d have to leave the house every day. LOL!

  26. Idaho Girl says:

    You made my heart stop! I thought a job sounded semi feasible – maybe you wanted to earn extra cash to finally do that bathroom remodel…

  27. Theabobea says:

    I felt so disappointed, and I only just started reading your blog last week.
    Enjoying it so much.

  28. Darla says:

    You got me!!!
    Then I thought…no way, not every other month and no way can a seed company need her enough for her to give up her blog. She has worked too hard on it.
    I think I will give the computer one a try and the phone one if I can get him to leave it in the house for a bit.

  29. Vikki says:

    Waaahhh! Oh—never mind.

  30. Nancy says:

    I haven’t laughed like that in a while…thank you, I needed that. Love the underwear trick! I tried the shark last year on my sister. No screams. Just a WTF!! then laughter. I think I will try the chocolate one on my sons this year. Thanks.

  31. Jean says:

    Sewed the fly shut on my husband’s underwear. April Fool’s Day is also his birthday.

    • Diana says:

      When my parents went on a trip to Las Vegas, she bought him all new underwear then sewed the leg closed on the leg he always puts in first. I’m sure it was hilarious, but hopping on one leg — definitely BAD naked!

  32. Stefanie Barrett says:

    Don’t scare me like that! Your blog is the only reason I don’t hate Monday, Wednesday and Friday. : )

  33. Shannon K says:

    Brilliant! I start a new job on Monday (April Fools Day!)… I’m armed now!!! Maybe I should wait until next year…!?!

  34. LeAnn says:

    The shark in the toilet and the raisin in the toothpaste were big hits for us last year. I think I’ll do the computer screen and the chocolate on the toilet seat this year. I have a teen-aged son so he’ll get blamed for that immediately.

  35. hanako says:

    From British Broadcasting Corporation in 1957 – the best ever April 1st hoax.
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tVo_wkxH9dU

  36. Diana Ames says:

    When I was younger my parents went to Vegas. Mom bought him new underwear for the trip then sewed closed the leg on the side he steps in first. He was “hoppin” mad. All I can think is: BAD naked

  37. Lori says:

    I love April fools day! Our town has a large festival, which happened to be on April fools day last year. I got an idea to collect old keys with embarasing keychains on, and put a lable on it “if found, contact this person – with their number”. (I put down a friends name and number). The morning of the festival I walked through town depositing about 25 keychains in places they’d be found. My friend spent the day answering his phone and door, from people returning “his keys!”
    Later that year, I met a cop who told me about this strange event that had happened in our town with so many keys being found and brought into the station. It was hard to keep a straight face!

  38. Deborah Burns says:

    You got me! For a split second I thought ?

    Then, I remembered I was reading a post about April Fools jokes! 🙂

    That was a good one, especially since on IG somewhere , very recently, you had mentioned “job” in passing which my mind immediately referenced giving some reinforcing credibility to your job announcement! HaHaHaHa!!

  39. Jody says:

    My first thought was “Lucky Wulliam Dam Seeds”!

  40. Leanne says:

    #9 doesn’t work on Windows XP 🙁 I had hoped to prank my daughter (who LOVES to play pranks on everyone else). Oh well.

  41. Jane says:

    No joke but this is quite possibly my favorite read so far. I mean, I like a lot of your posts but this is one I actually can do (limited time -new baby- and too much yard means less diy for me). Thanks for sharing, my husband is going to be so surprised about his dresser drawers.

  42. Shawna says:

    The screen flip short cut keys don’t work on Windows 10. 🙁

  43. Stephanie R says:

    THANK YOU THANK YOU …. I finally got someone good … my 17 year old daughter. I used the shark printable! She just texted me to tell me that I made her piss herself! Then pissed myself laughing! (She even sent me a pic). I printed out another sheet saying April Fools and taped that to the back of the shark for her to see when she raised the lid to remove said shark. My girlfriend suggested using a snake since they have been found curled around people’s toilet bowls for real….. I’d die, and certainly not telling my daughter for fear of retribution.

  44. Dana Studer says:

    Im back from rearranging my daughter’s drawers tk read the rest of the list. She’s going to be so confused. Hahahaha!

  45. Marilyn says:

    I could not get the ctrl-alt-down arrow to work…..:(

  46. Safetydog says:

    My daughter had the idea of buying a box of assorted donuts for her office, writing “Happy April Fool’s Day! Help yourself” on the box, and then watching everyone’s paranoia come out.

  47. p says:

    Most of these are good for normal days of any week, I’d think. Like how you don’t have to wait for Christmas to have peppermint.
    I’m about to go do number 6! LOL nobody is here watching either 😀

  48. Julie Kasner says:

    I did the chocolate “poop on the toilet seat and in the bowl” trick and my husband said it was grounds for divorce! Bravo!!!
    Of course it didn’t help when I scraped it off with my fingernail and wiped it on his shirt.
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