How To Pull an April Fool's Day Prank

April 1st isn't just any other day of the year - it's the one day when you have permission to aggravate your friends, family and colleagues. April Fool's Day pranks are fun to come up with, and even more fun to execute. Get the reaction you were hoping for from an April Fool's Day prank by following this guide.

Step 1

Go with a small, harmless joke. You can easily pull of a lot of little April Fool's Day pranks. Think of a prank that doesn't take much planning, but will give both of you a good laugh. Get to work extra early and place caution tape around a colleague's desk. Paste a ‘Closed for Cleaning' sign on the restroom door, and leave it there all day. A harmless prank will probably frustrate a few people, but in the end a small trick should leave both parties on good terms.

Step 2

Pull a telephone prank. If you'd rather not show your face for an April Fool's Day prank, why not pull a telephone prank? Of course, with call display, you'll need to block your number. But once you do that, you can pretend to be anyone. Call a friend and pretend to be Publisher's Clearing House. "You've just won a gazillion dollars!" Or, call your spouse and report a break-in at your residence. As always, remember to pull these types of April Fool's Day pranks on victims that have a sense of humor (and forgiveness). You don't want to be sleeping on the couch for a week because the prank wasn't well-received.

Step 3

Put a lot of thought into it. If you have been dreaming of getting back at someone you know, April Fool's Day might be the perfect time to do so. Pull a big prank on an unsuspecting friend or family member. (Just remember not to even hint at your plans.) Keep your April Fool's Day prank plans under lock and key. Don't let anyone know what you're planning on doing as you gather your resources and prepare your prank. Perhaps you want to stage a crazy "this couldn't possibly be a prank" prank. Maybe a circus just happened to break down in front of your friend's house, requesting a phone call for a tow truck and a bathroom for the elephant. Anything is possible when it comes to pranks. Bigger pranks that require more thought may cost a bit more in terms of time and money, but the reaction is often well-worth it.

Plan a great April Fool's Day prank, big or small, by putting lots of thought and creativity into your plans. Keep a straight face on April 1st, and you'll have a story to tell for many April Fool's Days to come.


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