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Simple and Funny April Fool's Jokes

Cubicle filled with balloons

Cubicle filled with balloons

Have fun with April Fool's Day

April Fool's Day can be lots of fun and this page is full of ideas for playing pranks on people. These aren't big or dangerous pranks, just ones that are fun and easy and funny for everyone involved.

So whether you finally want to prank your brother or sister or spouse or kids, check out the following ideas to see which April Fool's jokes are the funniest for you.

Please Keep It Safe and Funny

Don't do things that can be dangerous or actually hurt someone. Please keep the mess to a minimum as well. April Fool's Day jokes that are harmful, illegal, or too messy as not funny.

April Fool's Day Joke Ideas

  • Saran wrap things such as the doorway, the toilet, their car.
  • On your victim's boxers, stitch the fly shut.
  • You can also stitch the bottom of a leg of pants shut, or just use safety pins.
  • Find an image of an awkward looking mouth and chin, print it out if it's online or cut it out if it's in a magazine. Tape it to the bottom of your victim's coffee mug, making sure it doesn't show around the edges. When they go to drink their coffee, it will look like they have that mouth, but they won't know.
  • Put a piece of tape over the sensor on the remote control.
  • Fake a sneeze by using a squirt bottle to just mist someone's neck as you pretend to sneeze right behind them.
  • Pick up the house phone and place a piece of tape over the button. Put the phone back on. Call the phone from another phone. When they pick up the phone receiver it will continue ringing.
  • Put a piece of tape over the sensor on bottom of the computer mouse.
  • Put just a little bit of Vaseline on a doorknob.
  • On the back of their car, place a sign that says "Happy April Fool's Day, please honk". The victim won't be able to figure out why people are honking until they look at the back of the car.
  • Put an electric fence sign on a wooden fence.
  • Put up a for rent sign on their front lawn and write on it that those interested should knock on the door.
  • Get up early and park the car around the corner and pretend it was stolen. Fess up with this one quickly to prevent the victim from calling the police in panic.
  • Put a note on your victim's car. Write on the note "Sorry about the dent." Then write down a fake name and phone number. The victim will search their car for the dent.
  • Set random alarms around the house to go off at various times.
  • Wrap toilet paper back and forth across a doorway so when the person opens their door in the morning they run into the tp barrier.
  • Leave a Walkie-Talkie under your pet's bed and wait until your victim gets close to the pet. Use the other Walkie-Talkie to make it seem like the pet is talking to your victim.

Draw On a Moustache Joke

This is a classic. Just wait until someone is asleep and use a marker to draw a moustache on them. Please use a washable marker, though permanent will come off with alcohol wipes or vigorous scrubbing.

Draw a Moustache

Moustache Joke for April Fools Day

Moustache Joke for April Fools Day

April Fool's Day Pranks in the Kitchen

  • Give your children "juice" to drink with a straw, but instead of real juice give them gelled Jell-O.
  • Swap sugar in sugar bowl for salt
  • Clean the filling out of an Oreo cookie, then replace with white toothpaste.
  • Frost a piece of Styrofoam like a cake.
  • Take a bag of chips out of the cupboard and open them carefully at the bottom. Remove the chips and replace them with a different type of chips or pieces of crumpled paper. Glue the bottom of the bag back together and place it back in the cupboard.
  • Tape the kitchen sink spray handle in the open position with tape that blends in. When someone turns on the faucet they'll get sprayed.

Frightened Eggs Prank

Draw or paint faces on eggs so when someone opens the carton they get a surprise.

Egg Joke

Egg Faces Joke

Egg Faces Joke

Fake Cockroaches

Spiced Coffee Prank

Snakes in a Can

Spaghetti Tree Harvest

Hang cooked spaghetti on a tree and explain to your kids that the unique weather has finally made the spaghetti bloom. You could top this off by getting some spaghetti squash at the store and cooking it for dinner.

Spaghetti Tree Harvest Prank

Spaghetti Tree Harvest

Spaghetti Tree Harvest

Bug in an Ice Cube

Faked Out Food Gag

Tell your kids you're having cupcakes for dinner, then give them meat loaf cupcakes frosted with mashed potatoes. Or make a "cake" by making meat loaf in a cake pan and frosting it with mashed potatoes. You can make the prank even funnier by making real cupcakes for dessert that look like meatloaf.

Fake Out Food

Faked Food April Fools Joke

Faked Food April Fools Joke

April Fool's Pranks in the Bathroom

There are so many different ways to prank someone in the bathroom on April Fool's Day. Usually people walking into the bathroom in the morning are half asleep and unprepared, so it's far easier to prank them.

  • Place a Snapper (the little things that pop when you throw them) under the toilet seat. Try to place the Snapper so the foot on the bottom of the toilet seat is resting on it. When someone sits down it will pop really loudly.
  • Fill the conditioner bottle with something else creamy such as mayonnaise or yogurt.
  • Replace the top inch or so of your victim's deodorant with cream cheese.

Fish Tank Sink Prank

Make an aquarium in your victim's sink. Don't forget fake or real fish and make sure the plug works really well.

Fish Tank Sink Prank

Fish Tank in a Sink Prank

Fish Tank in a Sink Prank

Toilet Monster

More April Fool's Day Pranks

Talking Toilet Paper Spindle

Post-It Bathroom Prank

Cover all the surfaces in the bathroom with Post-It notes for a funny morning surprise.

Post-It Bathroom Prank

April Fool's Day prank

April Fool's Day prank

Frozen Toothbrush Gag

Freeze a toothbrush in a cup of water, then set it out just before the prankee is going to brush his teeth.

Frozen Toothbrush Gag

April Fool's morning prank

April Fool's morning prank

Toothpaste Prank

Take all the toothpaste tubes from around the house, then set them all somewhere odd, like the kitchen table.

Toothpaste Prank

Toothpaste prank

Toothpaste prank

Lace Shirt Sleeve Prank

The man in the picture below was pranked by his wife. She attached some lace to his shirt sleeve and he wore it to work.

Lace Shirt Cuff Prank

Pranked with lace on his sleeves

Pranked with lace on his sleeves

All Wrapped Up Gag

Wrap up everything in the person's room or office in paper. Make sure to do even the small things like picture frames or dishes they left laying around.

Wrap It Up Gag

Wrapping Paper Gag

Wrapping Paper Gag

Balloons In Your Space Gag

Fill someone's room or cubicle with blown up balloons. Balloons are always fun and silly and make people laugh.

Balloons in Your Space Gag

Balloon Gag

Balloon Gag

Fart Machine

Post-It Note Prank

Stick a bunch of Post-It notes to a surface such as a desk, a laptop screen, or a window. Just cover everything with Post-Its!

Post-Its Prank

Post It Note Prank

Post It Note Prank

Rattlesnake Eggs

Office in the Bathroom Prank

The guy in the picture below had his entire office moved into the restroom.

Pranked Moved Into the Restroom

Moved into the restroom

Moved into the restroom

The Polka Dot Prank

Cut a bunch of circles out of construction paper and stick them all over someone's house or car or room or office.

Polka Dot House Prank

Polka Dot House Prank

Polka Dot House Prank

Almost Instant Vegetables Prank

Plant seeds the night before, then suddenly pretend the vegetables sprouted the next day. BS must be a great fertilizer, lol

Suddenly Growing Vegetables

Suddenly Growing Vegetable Prank

Suddenly Growing Vegetable Prank

Fake Dog Poop

Suspended Mentos and Coke

All Wrapped Up and Nowhere to Go

Wrap up your friend's bicycle with caution tape. This is a good one because you don't have to get inside their house or office and it is quick and easy and harmless. It also doesn't take much cleanup.

Bicycle Wrap Up Joke

Wrap up the bicycle april fools joke

Wrap up the bicycle april fools joke

Draw On Their Car

Use car markers or the dust on their back window to write a message and prank your victim. You could write something to make people honk at the person or just something silly and funny.

Draw on their Car

April Fools Day Joke Draw on their Car

April Fools Day Joke Draw on their Car

Car Sign Prank

Someone placed a funny sign on the car below, saying "Too Sexy for My Hair, That's Why It's no Longer There"

Too Sexy Prank

Too sexy prank

Too sexy prank

April Fool's Pranks on Dad

Have More Fun at Work

More April Fool's Day Ideas

  • Holey straw trick. Poke small holes in a straw using a pin, then place it in a drink and offer the drink to your friend.
  • Set an alarm clock to go off in the middle of the night then hide it in the victim's bedroom.
  • Ask a girlfriend that is pregnant to take a pregnancy test, then leave it in your bathroom.
  • Pretend to wipe ink off your friend's face but instead wipe ink on to their face by having some on your hand.
  • Draw or get a fake tattoo, then pretend it is real.

Mischief Maker's Manual


Bill from Gold Coast, Australia on April 08, 2013:

Congrats on LOTD. When we were married, we returned after a few days away to find our house had been pranked with some of these tips. Unfortunately my new sister in law bore the brunt of many of them as she was staying in our house while we were away!

DebMartin on April 05, 2013:

Once I snagged my Mom's newspaper and filled in her beloved crossword puzzle before she got to the box to retrieve her paper. Only did that one once. I love these. The meatloaf "cake" and mashed potato "frosting" are truly inspired. But I must ask as I've never understood... can someone tell me what's so funny about pee, poop and farting?

step2mai on April 05, 2013:

That's funny will try one this april foosl joke

cameron-johnson-750983 on April 04, 2013:

Thanks for the ideas. Ill have to remember them for next year.

Joan Hall from Los Angeles on April 03, 2013:

My kids and I really enjoyed this lens. The only pranks I've ever tried to do myself were verbal.

RajlakshmiHB on April 02, 2013:

LOL wonderful lens... congrats on LOTD

TotToTween on April 02, 2013:

Very funny ,Good lens

Laurel Johnson from Washington KS on April 02, 2013:

Great lens!! Loved the April Fool ideas.

Congrats on LOTD.

iSophie on April 02, 2013:

Haha these are sooooo funny!!! I did a bunch of them, best April fools day ever! :)

Nnadi bonaventure Chima from Johanesburg on April 02, 2013:

Lovely and interesting lens ,thanks for sharing

Dusty2 LM on April 02, 2013:

nice lens with some very clever gags if you aren't on the receiving end of the gag. (^_^)

darksalo on April 02, 2013:

Great lense, really clever and funny. My best April fool's prank took place about 5 years ago. I placed a dish towel over my mouth and phoned my mother. (the purpose of the dish towel was to disguise my voice) I started, ' hello my name is Bruce Mitchell, I'm calling from Revenue Canada (same as your IRS) . Is Mrs Salo there.?" My mother replied, rather timidly with some obvious hesitation, " Ah yes , this is Mrs Salo, you're talking to her." I continued, " Yes Mrs Salo, It seems we have a rather serious matter that we need to discus with you." Her, " Yes," Me,"When you filed your last year's tax return you calculated that we owed you about 432 $, however due to some recently discovered data, it seems that you owe us 28,032 $. For the last twenty eight years you filed as the wife of one, Donald Richard Salo. Unfortunately you forgot to fill out form 411, The I'm married to a bastard form, which makes you ineligible to claim joint marital status. " Long, long pause,My mother said, in a totally meek manner, " What do you mean I was married to a , a ....bastard? " I said, " Yes, not only was he a bastard, he was a multi polygamist as well. He had 17 families, such as yours.. " That was when I lost it. I burst out laughing, " April fool's Mom. " I totally suckered her in. It was brilliant ( at least I thought.)


jean valdor on April 01, 2013:

Lol nice lens!

Sherry B19 on April 01, 2013:

I really enjoyed these great ideas for April Fool's day! Thanks for the laughs and congrats on LOTD!

Zach Spangler on April 01, 2013:

This must have taken forever to make, I love these ideas. Thanks, I tried the toilet one with pee to my family :P

sandrabill on April 01, 2013:

I enjoyed reading this lens :) very funny

Erin Hardison from Memphis, TN on April 01, 2013:

I've done a balloon avalanche. You make a huge 'pocket' of saran wrap around someone's door, and fill it with balloons. When they open the door, the balloons pour in on them. Of course, you have to make sure it's a door that opens inward. ;) Great lens and funny ideas.

Delia on April 01, 2013:

Congratulations on LOTD! fun lens...I'm not big on April fools day, but find the things here amusing

ladyyummy on April 01, 2013:

I really really like the chips idea. Lol. GREAT ideas. Super funny.

StrongMay on April 01, 2013:

oh, these are so good! I was once fooled by the "fake poop".

BestRatedStuff on April 01, 2013:

Enjoyed these, great ideas!

rattie lm on April 01, 2013:

All very funny - well-deserved LOTD!

waynekat on April 01, 2013:

Brilliantly funny! Thanks so much, you made my April Fools Day a great one!

anonymous on April 01, 2013:

Cute stuff. Congratulations on getting LotD!

likestoshop on April 01, 2013:

Great Ideas!!! My little brother is in trouble...LOL

Laura Hofman from Naperville, IL on April 01, 2013:

Fun ideas here! We've done the cubicle balloons, post-it notes, and plastic wrap stunt to co-workers. We'll try some more! HeeHee

lionmom100 on April 01, 2013:

These are fun. Happy April Fools Day.

Stephen J Parkin from Pine Grove, Nova Scotia, Canada on April 01, 2013:

Oh Oh as if people didn't need any more advice on pranks! LOL

treasuresabound on April 01, 2013:

Really fun ideas for April Fool's day. I will have some fun playing out some of them. Thanks for sharing and congratulations on LOTD.

writerkath on April 01, 2013:

This made me chuckle! Your picture of the room wrapped up in brown paper reminded me of high school Band Camp where one of the girls was sleeping and we wrapped her bunk in paper - then made a sudden noise so that she woke up fast and jumped out through the paper. WE thought it was funny... alas, she probably didn't think it was as funny as we did (but she did giggle). :) Congratulations on LOTD!

anonymous on April 01, 2013:

Don't use real poop though.

hotsquid on April 01, 2013:

Thanks for the laugh...Happy April Fools Day!

Nancy Carol Brown Hardin from Las Vegas, NV on April 01, 2013:

Alisha, congrats on LOTD...this lens really deserves it! Perfect fun things to pull on those we care about, hehehehe! Thanks for the tips and I'll try some today.

Darcie French from Abbotsford, BC on April 01, 2013:

appy April Fool's Day! My keyBoard isn_t working w*at the?

anonymous on April 01, 2013:

Thanks for sharing all the great ideas! I got pranked today - it was almost too real to be funny! I am sure a lot of others were scared by it too: The video YouTube put up saying that they were going to close down and would start deleting all the videos tonight, while they picked out one video to be the world's best video - then they would reopen in 10 years, lol......

Pete Schultz on April 01, 2013:

An oldie is to tape the kitchen sink spray handle in the open position...anyone turning on the kitchen water will get a free shower...well once at least. Congrats on LOTD.

eduman lm on April 01, 2013:

nice lens

Mary Stephenson from California on April 01, 2013:

Congratulations of LOTD. Not to fond of April Fool jokes. But did like the faces on the eggs.

SteveKaye on April 01, 2013:

Congratulations on receiving the LOTD.

anonymous on April 01, 2013:

Hi, really interesting ideas, and I like the variety of ideas and items used.

soaringsis on April 01, 2013:

So much fun to be had. Congratulations on your LOTD fun lens. Thanks for sharing.

anonymous on April 01, 2013:

ROFL!!! Seriously...I can't stop laughing!

ritamasan on April 01, 2013:

hi, nice lens, i liked it and happy fools day

Kay on April 01, 2013:

I had that same package of rattlesnake eggs when I was a kid. Loved to walk up behind our cat and shake it. Learned how high a cat could really jump LOL Would never do that now but fun times as a kid :)

GKREW on April 01, 2013:

very funnny but I do not have time to do any of these

Susan Deppner from Arkansas USA on April 01, 2013:

Wow, that's a lot of prank ideas! Made me laugh all the way through. Congratulations on your very fun Lens of the Day!

Alisha Vargas (author) from Reno, Nevada on April 01, 2013:

@aka-rms: Thanks so much!

MichaelDubrovnik on April 01, 2013:

Great lens - Happy fools!

Kaliopekaty on April 01, 2013:

He, he I´ve read this on internet today: Today is April´s Fool´s day. Believe nothing and trust no one.....Just like any other day......

anonymous on April 01, 2013:

A lady friend puts Koolaid in the shower head and turns her husband different colours. Fun lens.

Robin S from USA on April 01, 2013:

Congratulations and Happy April Fools Day to you. This lens was selected as Lens of the Day today. You can read more about it at SquidooHQ: http://hq.squidoo.com/lotd/lens-of-the-day-simple-...

StewartClan on April 01, 2013:

Well that made my day. Love the toilet monster gag, that is my favourite!

anonymous on April 01, 2013:

I got pranked today by Google...Google Nose!

irminia on April 01, 2013:

Lovely pranks, thanks for putting together all these ideas!

Jogalog on April 01, 2013:

Some great ideas! Congrats on LOTD too!

octopen on April 01, 2013:

Really funny jokes, am going to try some out today. Really liked the popper under the toilet seat. And the fake car dent! Great lens! Thanks:) Oh and Happy April Fools day today!

anonymous on April 01, 2013:

I like the Post It Notes!

besgold-blend on April 01, 2013:

This is cool ideas for April Mop and congrats for the LOTD!

chocochipchip on April 01, 2013:

Funny pranks!! Love it

jura on April 01, 2013:

Great list i have a filling tha's going to be funny day today.

desa999 lm on April 01, 2013:

Some great suggestions here, although no one tried any of them on me yet!

anonymous on April 01, 2013:

Great pranks! I may use a few of them today!

WriterJanis2 on April 01, 2013:

You have so many fun ideas here. Congrats on LOTD!

topbuilderlist on April 01, 2013:

Its funny, there are still room for jokers to play.

anuradhashe on April 01, 2013:

funny day

koovs on April 01, 2013:

the day come with lots fun & provide us a chance to make fool

anonymous on April 01, 2013:

So mean lol. Great lens.

MyCuteBaby on April 01, 2013:

Alisha, Congratulations for the Lens Of The Day

worldflashpacker on April 01, 2013:

Still laughing, what a joker. A great way to start the day.

gene-0 lm on April 01, 2013:

Great job.. This is a great holiday i always look forward o what NPR or google will try to pull off. I hate to admit it i have been fooled more than one by them.

Peggy Hazelwood from Desert Southwest, U.S.A. on April 01, 2013:

These are terrible (and fun)!

hmommers on March 31, 2013:

Congratulations ont the LotD!

surabhinafdey on March 31, 2013:

good.....have a great april fool's day.....happy prank day....

anonymous on March 31, 2013:

just be careful for some people don't know the difference of a joke to serious one, good lens, lots of good idea, congrats for being a lotd

anonymous on March 31, 2013:

Congratulations for the LOTD!

oldthemushy on March 31, 2013:

Made my DAY :D ;)

LadyDuck on March 31, 2013:

Some of these are pretty funny, but you know... do not do unto others what you would not want done to you :)

Lori Green from Las Vegas on March 31, 2013:

Loved It! I am still wondering what I can do to my kids. I have one that will totally flip if I wrap her room.

CozyKitty on March 31, 2013:

April Fools! We used to have so much fun with silly pranks as kids. I love your ideas, and a lot of them brought back good memories. Congrats on LotD :)

DLeighAlexander on March 31, 2013:

Lots of April Fools Fun here! Happy April 1st to you. Congratulations on Lens of the Day :)

AugieDoggy on February 04, 2013:

I must be terribly immature, because I found some of these to be pretty funny!

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