25 April Fools Day Pranks That Will Cost You Your Friends

Posted by , Updated on April 11, 2018

Everyone loves a good April Fools Day prank…well, unless you’re the one getting pranked. Then, it’s not as fun. Popular since the 19th century, April Fools Day is a day set aside for people to pull pranks or practical jokes on each other. Sometimes companies even get in on the fun and come up with some elaborate hoaxes, like Google’s Animal Translator BETA back in 2010. Now coming up with the perfect prank isn’t always easy, so to help you out, we’ve compiled a list of pranks you can pull on your friends and family. However, don’t say we didn’t warn you, with these 25 April Fools Day Pranks That Will Cost You Your Friends!

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A Close-Knit Friend-mily

family photo prank

Everyone has photos around their house. Usually they’re of the “Family” variety. But if you’re super close to these friends, shouldn’t you be considered apart of their family, too? Of course you should. That’s why you’re going to take a bunch of photos of yourself, cut out your head, and place them over a family member in each of their photos. Then, just wait until they notice.


Bean-Boozle Your Friends

bean boozled

Do you remember Bertie Bott’s Every Flavour Beans from Harry Potter? Of course you do. They had some of the nastiest flavors, like barf, ear wax, and boogers, to name a few. Now they’re called Bean Boozled. You’ll want to get you a pack, but make sure you remove them from their original packaging. That way no one knows they’re being “Bean-Boozled” when you offer them to friends.


Give Your Friends The "Cold" Shoulder

frozen lego

Tell your friend to “cool off” with this “cool” prank. Yeah, we used cool twice. That’s how cool it is. When left unattended at their home, grab a bunch of their things (waterproof please) and place them in water, like their toothbrush for example. Place it in the freezer and leave it to freeze. Soon…voila! An ice version of Jim’s Jell-O prank from The Office.


Can You Really Put a Label on Our Friendship?

label maker

Are you a super organized person? Is your friend? Well help them with that by using a label maker to label every…single…item in their house. Spoon? Check. Drawer? Check. Batteries? You know it. Everything. Leave nothing unlabeled. If you don’t think it’s big enough or important enough to need a label, that’s where you’re wrong, bucko! Label it!


The Angry Unicorn

Ice Cream Ice Cream Cone Dessert Food Cold Sweet

Now this one could get messy, so you’ll want to be careful where you do it. All you’ll need for this one is an ice cream cone. And yes, it HAS to be a cone for this to work properly. ProTip: You may want to use a flavor you don’t mind wasting. While enjoying your frozen treat, ask your friend if they’ve ever seen an angry unicorn. When they say “No,” take your cone and stick it on their forehead, ICE CREAM SIDE FIRST! They will get pretty upset with you and thus you have created a majestic angry unicorn.


Kraft Mac n Cheese Powder as OJ

Cocktail Served Orange Juice Orange Juice

Just the thought of this one makes us gag. Everyone loves Kraft Mac and Cheese! Who doesn’t? We’ll tell you who: The people on the receiving end of this prank. Now, I don’t know WHY you would have a left-over packet of the cheese mixture, but if you do, take it and pour it in some water in a pitcher and stir well. It’ll look pretty much like orange juice. Leave it in your fridge and wait…


Plastic Wrap Their Car

plastic wrap

You’re going to need a LOT of plastic wrap and a LOT of time; you’ll wanna make sure your friend will be occupied for a while. Cling the plastic wrap to one part of the car and just start going around in circles until their car is covered with plastic wrap. The whole thing. Bonus points for also wrapping it to a sign or pole. It’ll take them forever to get it all off.


Car magnets for things they would hate.

bumper sticker

Does your friend love/hate Trump? Love/hate the environment? Love Apple and hate Microsoft? If your friend is passionate about ANYTHING, there’s most likely an opposite thing they equally hate. Find out what those are, buy some car magnets relating to those things, and just place them on your friend’s car. We recommend only using few at a time at most (so they don’t notice at first) and replacing them every time they remove them. We also DON’T recommend bumper stickers. Those do NOT come off easily. You’re trying to pull a prank, not ruin your friend’s car.


Fake Note

note in car windo

If you’ve ever hit a parked car you know the proper thing to do is to leave a note with your information. Unfortunately, not everyone does this. However, what you’re going to do is leave a note saying something along the lines of “Sorry for the damage” on your friend’s car (Don’t ACTUALLY damage their car). They will spend a lot of time trying to find this “damage” someone apologized for. 


Re-label Bug Spray as Air Freshener


Do your friends like their homes to smell nice and fresh? Do they use aerosol can air fresheners? Perfect. Just buy a can of bait spray (it’s exactly what it sounds like), find a popular Air Freshener label online, print it out, and adhere it to the bait spray. When your friends go to freshen up their house…they’ll be in for a stinky surprise. Just make sure you get the funkiest smelling spray.


Baby Powder Hair Dryer

baby powder

Another messy prank, you may wanna help your friend clean up afterwards. Get some baby power and pour it into your friend’s hair dryer. Wait for them to use it, and they’ll end up looking like the world’s least scary ghost.

**Warning: Don’t try this one at home.**


Clear Fingernail polish on Soap

bar soap

We don’t know many people that use bar soap anymore, BUT if you have a friend that does, buy some clear nail polish and coat that sucker with it. Looking at it, they won’t be able to tell the difference. However, when they go to use it, it won’t produce a lather anymore. Congratulations. You’ve pretty much made waterproof soap.


Sticky Note on the Bottom of Their Mouse

sticky note

Here is an office classic. Take a sticky note and put it on the bottom of your friend’s mouse, covering the optical sensor. To play it safe, make sure it’s small enough to not be seen and tape the non-sticky part down so it stays better. They’ll immediately wonder why their mouse isn’t working.


Bug Silhouettes on Lamp

moth on shade

Your friends must have a lamp for this to work. Take some construction paper, preferably a darker color, and cut out some bug shapes. Bonus points for making them more life-sized. Tape them to the inside of your friend’s lampshade(s) and wait for them to turn on the light.


Krispy Kreme Veggies

Mmmmm, doughnuts.

Ugh. NOTHING is as disappointing as expecting one food and getting another, even if it’s something that isn’t nasty. You’ve built up a mini-craving only to have your hopes dashed. Imagine seeing a nice box of donuts in the break room or your kitchen. “Oh, I could go for a nice glazed right about now,” you think to yourself. Only to open the box and inside are nothing but veggies. Lots and lots of veggies. Now your day is ruined. Well instead of you being the disappointed one in this scenario, turn around and play this prank on your friends.


Put an “it’s voice activated” sign on random objects around the office

confused at printer

This will work better in an office setting. You know how everyone always puts signs everywhere: “Printer is out of ink,” “Throw trash in trash bin,” “Stop cooking fish in microwave.” Well you’re going to have fun with some signs of your own. Print some out that say, “It’s Voice Activated!” and start sticking them on everything. Soon you’ll just hear your workmates shouting because “Print five copies. Copy. Copy. PRINT FIVE COPIES! THE COPY MACHINE WON’T WORK!” Tip: It’ll be more convincing if you stick them on electronic devices like the coffee maker or printer.


Caramel Onions


This devious prank is self-explanatory. Take some onions (peeled obviously), jam a stick in them, dip them in melted caramel, and voila, you have some nice delicious caramel apples, uh…we mean onions. But don’t tell your friends that before you offer them some.


Brown E’s


Puns for April Fools? Yes please. You’ll want some brown construction paper and scissors for this one. Ask you friends if they want some freshly made brownies. Spend a few minutes in the kitchen, then come back with a pan full of…Brown E’s.


Saying “To-Go” to your friend ordering at a drive-thru


Yes, this is a bit specific, but if you have a friend that works in a drive thru, whenever you order from them, go out of your way to make sure that you specify that your order is “to-go.” Is this the greatest prank out there? No. But we love the simplicity of it.


Screenshot Desktop, Hiding Icons and Taskbar


You’re going to need to access your friend’s computer without them around for this one. First, take a screenshot of their current desktop. Next, set that screenshot as their wallpaper. After that, right click on the desktop, go to “View” and deselect “Show desktop icons.” Finally, you’ll want to hide their task bar. Everything they try to click will just be the wallpaper.


Mixing M&Ms with Skittles & Reese’s Pieces


This one is as simple as they come. Just mix together a bowl of Skittles, M&Ms, and Reese’s Pieces and offer to friends. On April Fools, you’re a prank genius. On Halloween, you’re just pure evil.


My Oreos Taste a Little Minty

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This one will take some work, but hard work always pays off, right? First, buy a packet of regular Oreos (we don’t recommend Double Stuf for this, because work smarter not harder, and they might notice more easily). Then take the Oreos and carefully split them open, removing the cream center. Feel free to indulge here and eat it. Then spread a good amount of toothpaste on and put the cookie back together. Try to make it look convincing. Repeat until you’ve swapped each creamy center with toothpaste. Or, maybe only do a few and play a game of Oreo Roulette.


Pop It’s Toilet


Everyone knows Pop-It’s. Those little things you throw on the ground and they explode in a POP! Well, you’ll want to take a few of these and put them on the rim of your friend’s toilet, RIGHT where the bumpers under the seat will go. Rest the seat on top of the Pop-It’s (gently), so that when your friend sits to do their business….BANG!


Balloon Door


The balloon door prank can actually go one of two ways. You can either tape a bunch of balloons to your friend’s door (though it HAS to have a window to be effective), making them THINK you’ve filled their entire room with balloons, or….you can ACTUALLY fill their entire room with balloons. Or , you know what, mix it up. Fake them out a few times before filling the whole room.


Never Ending Shampoo

showering outside

Becoming more and more popular on YouTube, this prank is fairly simple. Now we DON’T recommend doing this to a friend in their shower at home, because…privacy, duh. What you need is a friend showering in a public place, like those beach or gym showers. They will (hopefully) eventually wash their hair. When they do, as they are rinsing out the shampoo, quietly squeeze more onto their head. They will start to question either their sanity, or the efficiency of the shampoo they bought, or both.


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