Quick April Fools' Day Pranks
Get into the spirit of the day and release your inner child with these fun April Fools' pranks.
A favorite holiday for children and for the young at heart, April Fools’ Day is the perfect opportunity to play some harmless, silly pranks on friends and family. We’ve polled some of our Made+Remade writers for their old reliable April Fools’ tricks.
All my friends and family live in different states, so long-distance pranks are my claim to fame. And since glitter is one of my passions, I like to fill an envelope full of the most obnoxious confetti I can find and send it off to my loved ones. Bonus points if you can arrange to get their reaction on camera.—Jessica Yonker
Cookies and milk? Think again. Tease your kids with this anti-dunking gelatinous milk. Heat 1/2 cup of milk on the stovetop, mix in 1 packet of unflavored gelatin. Remove from heat and add an additional 1/2 cup of cold milk. Stir, transfer into individual glasses, and refrigerate until you're ready to serve this treat.—Emily Fazio
Pie, in the Sky
For a great kid-friendly prank, place a blown up balloon into a cake pan or pie crust and cover completely with whipped cream. Then ask someone to cut it and watch as the "cake" pops all over them.—Jill Werderitch
Somebody's Watching You
I think one of the best in our house in recent years was the year I put googly eye stickers on everything in the fridge, pantry and medicine cabinet. Basically, every time my husband opened a door, he had a mess of eyes staring at him. His reaction was pretty priceless.—Ellen Foord
When Leprechauns Attack
Before we go to bed at night, we put a couple of drops of green food coloring into every toilet in the house. The kids giggle when they go to the bathroom in the morning because it looks as though a leprechaun has used the toilets!—Melissa Caughey
Milk's Gone Bad!
Put a few drops of green food coloring in a drinking glass. Pour regular milk and watch it turn magically green as it fills the glass! Evil genius! I pulled this prank on my son when he was really little and the mix of amazement and doubt on his eyes was priceless. I’ll admit to feeling a little guilty about bamboozling my own child however, and broke the magician’s sacred oath, and revealed the source of my trick. —Felicia Feaster
The prank is that you paint a bar of soap with clear nail polish and let it dry. When someone goes to use it, they’ll be confused as to why it doesn’t become sudsy. This is a good way to test if kids are actually washing their hands when you tell them to before dinner/after using the restroom.—Laura James
We’ve also set up confetti bombs that fall when a door is opened, which is as funny as a glitter bomb, but way easier to clean up.—Ellen Foord