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12 Funny Pranks For April Fool’s Day

Silly pranks for April Fool’s Day are a fun way to start a new family tradition!  Here are April Fool’s food and recipes, practical jokes, family-friendly tricks, and funny pranks to make this April Fools day one your family will never forget!


When Is April Fools?

Every year, April Fools Day is the first day of April ~ April 1.    Also known as All Fools’ Day, April 1 isn’t nationally viewed as a holiday ~ but it’s celebrated by playing all kinds of practical jokes and silly tricks.  It’s simply a fun way to ring in Spring and give family members, friends, teachers, and neighbors a good laugh!

April Fools Jokes

1. Sweet Sushi ~ I’m not sure who the joke will be on when I serve this.  Me or my kids.  Who wouldn’t want this candy sushi plate on April Fool’s day?

2. Mystery Dinner ~ Here’s a really fun idea for an April Fool’s Dinner.  It’s a mystery dinner with a twist.  Directions and printable included!

3.  Meatloaf Cake ~ Can you believe this cake is really meatloaf and mashed potatoes?  My family would be fooled for sure!

Pranks For April Fools

Solid Milk How to

4.  Solid Milk ~ Ever wondered how to make solid milk?  Well, wonder no longer because it’s really very simple and the results are phenomenal and perfect for an April Fool’s Day prank.

5.  Parking ticket printable~ This is the most authentic looking parking tickets I’ve ever seen and sure to fool the recipient.

Tricks For April Fools Day

6. Bacon and Egg Treats ~ Here’s a April Fools Trick I wouldn’t mind getting.  The miniature bacon and egg treats are made from pretzels and chocolate so you know they taste delicious! April Fools Day Cupcakes 7.  Silly Cupcakes ~ And I thought  one silly cupcake idea was innovative.  Sara of Our Best Bites came up with FOUR.  Pick one or three and delight your kids or co workers with these fun cupcakes for April Fools Day!  Choose from Spaghetti and meatball, popcorn, mashed potatoes and peas/carrots or corn on the cob.

April Fools Practical Jokes

8.  Turn the Water Blue ~  Turn the kitchen water blue with nontoxic dye pellets, designed to tint children’s bathwater. Simply unscrew the cap on the faucet, and set a couple of the colored tabs inside before replacing it. When the water is turned on, the burst of color will be surprising and temporary.

9.  Sliced Banana that’s not peeled! ~ I amazed my kids when I tried this one: presliced bananas! When they peeled the banana, they found the fruit inside is already cut into bite-size pieces. 10.  Blue Teeth/Numb a Mouth ~  A drop of food coloring or drop of orajel on a toothbrush with alternately turn ones teeth blue or numb the mouth.  Both temporary, both perfect April Fool’s day practical jokes.

Funny April Fools Jokes

11. Bug in the shoe ~ The key to this hilarious joke is to get a bug that looks life like!  Then pick the person that is most likely to scream the loudest.

12.  Bathroom Bankroll ~  I don’t know about you, but I’d kinda like to be the target of this joke!

More Simple Tricks:

  • Serve things backward; dessert first or breakfast for dinner.
  • Use large bowls and utensils to eat with.
  • Stretch Cling Wrap in the doorway of your front door – when the kids come run in from school they bump into it.
  • Sneak into your victims bathroom and fill their hair-dryer with baby powder. When they turn it on, their head will be pure white just like an old person!
  • Get a small alarm clock and set it for 3:00 a.m. Put it under the victim’s bed so once it goes off they won’t be able to find it.
  • Stuff shoes with tissue paper down in the toe so you can’t get them on all the way.
  • Make good use of a rubber cockroach or spider.
  • Switch out food in wrappers in your child’s lunch.
  • Switch out drawers in dresser.
  • Switch out cereal in cereal boxes for breakfast
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What jokes are you doing?  We’d love more suggestions.  If you have a fun April Fools’ Day prank over on your blog, we’d love to see it! Feel free to leave the blog link in the comments or on the Tip Junkie Facebook page or right here in the comments, and I’ll be happy to find it and upload it for you! {{I’ve got your back!}} 

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  1. Barb T.

    This is marvelous. I think my grandkids are in for some April fools pranks. They range from 4 to 30 so there’s something for everyone.

  2. Marily

    This one was given to me several years ago and it is still a goody! Bake 1 boxed spice cake mix and 1 yellow or white cake mix. After they have cooled crumble them into a NEW kitty litter box. Washed and line with plastic wrap. In another bowl mix up a box of van pudding. After it has “set” blop it over the crumbled cake. Next in a food processor grind up van. cookies and drop just a few drops of green cake coloring in. then sprinkle it over the cake. Last…unwrap several mini tootise rolls and microve then just enough to be able to roll them and place them around. They really add the “litter box” look. Use real NEW scoop to serve.

  3. Shirley

    How cute are all of these jokes are do able. Thanks for the post.

  4. Corina

    I love your parking ticket idea, and you worked so hard at it, but I cannot edit it… I have tried using google docs, and downloading it as a Word doc, but I lose all your formatting… any suggestions? Corina

  5. Mimi

    These ideas are loads of fun. Thanks for sharing them.

  6. gaga

    how do you do the sliced banana???????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????

  7. ladybug

    I tried to do the parking ticket thing but I can’t find out how exactly to do it!! HELP!! If I take the picture off of Google Images it you can’t make the size bigger!!!:/ please explain!

  8. [email protected] california dates

    Turning the water blue is the best prank.Imagine waking up to brush your teeth only to find the water blue.Using nontoxic dyes also make the water harmless.

  9. Gwendolyn Collins

    Every year my hubby’s boss hosts a little company garden party. This year, the date was scheduled to be on April 1st, instead of the usual April 15th. They ended up moving the date to April 14th (yesterday evening). This years theme was “April Festivities” and my hubby’s boss’s wife, Barbara, requested that I make my famous meatloaf. Well, my oldest daughter, Alexandria (16), stumbled upon your little website and suggested I make that little meatloaf cake with mashed potatoes. It was smashing! My youngest daughter, Kennedy (13), had always refused to try meatloaf, but that wonderful cake disguise got her to try it! It was such a hit with all the guests! My husband says that almost everyone at the company, who tried it, loved it! Thank you so very much, dear! I am delighted that Alexandria found your wonderful little blog. It was so helpful! I think I’m going to use another idea for next years Garden Party! Thanks again, dear! Much love from the Collins Family!

  10. Martha Brown

    Wow! What a giggle my sister and I had as we read this! This post truly made me laugh! I love a good laugh! I decided to do something silly and put a little fake bug in my kittys bed! Frita sure got a scare! But it was all fine once Barack and Jennifer stepped in and played around with the little plastic critter for a while! Wow! I don’t even know where the little bug is now because those silly kitties ran off with it! I should buy more they really liked it! I had such a time.

  11. everden

    I just want to slice banana but I can’t how did you did this 🙂

  12. LindaLovejoy

    The best April Fools jokes are the one’s where no one is hurt and you both end up laughing.

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