17 Practical Joke Ideas for April Fools Day


Silly pranks for April Fool’s Day are a fun way to start a new family tradition!

Here are 17 practical joke ideas for April Fools day to out prank your friends.

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!

Practical Joke Ideas for April Fools Day

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

April Fool's Day Breakfast

1. April Fool’s Day Breakfast ~ Fun “trick” for your kids on April Fool’s morning!  Mini cheerios donuts.

April Fool's Day Breakfast

2.  April Fool’s Day Breakfast ~ Freeze a bowl of cereal with milk the night before and watch your child try to eat it for breakfast.

Pranks For April Fools

Fun & Easy April Fool's Pranks

3.  Fun & Easy April Fool’s Pranks ~ So Spring is upon us and with that comes one of my favorite fun days….April Fool’s Day! Here are some simple and fun tricks you and your kiddos can play this April.

4.  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

Gross Party Food

5.  Used Band-Aids ~ These Used Band-Aids are sure to gross out your kiddos, but so much fun!

april fool mock tv dinner

6.  April Fool’s Cupcakes- Mock TV Dinner ~ How to make this darling and extra yummy chicken dinner, veggies, and cupcake complete with recipes.

KFC Chicken and Sides

7.  KFC Chicken and Sides ~ This Kentucky Fried Chicken Dinner is a fun thing to make the kids for an April Fools dessert!  All three items shows here are sweet treats, even those realistic looking beans!

Cookie Pizza

8.  Pepperoni Pizza Cookie/Cake ~ Make a pepperoni pizza cookie or cake that, at first glance, would fool even the biggest pizza fan! Basic ingredients: sugar cookie, frosting and fruit roll-ups!

April Fools Day Cupcakes9.  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.

Neopolitan April Fool's Day Party {party food ideas}

10.  Neopolitan April Fool’s Day Party {party food ideas} ~ April Fool’s Day is a fun day to play silly pranks on people! This adorable neopolitan ice cream themed party served treats that were nothing as they seemed to be. Maybe Milkshakes (flavored milk with whipped cream, Probably Drumsticks (cake balls) and Ostensibly Fudgesicles (chocolates with peanut butter filling) served in fake ice were some of the tricky treats.

Chocolate Broccoli Cookies

11.  Chocolate Broccoli Cookies ~ If only broccoli was really chocolate!  You wouldn’t get any complaints from the kids.  Tootsie rolls are used for the stems and chocolate oatmeal cookie dough for the florets.

April Fools Practical Jokes

Harmless Shenanigan's for April Fools

12.  Harmless Shenanigan’s for April Fools ~ Plan some silly pranks for your family this April Fool’s Day with these Harmless Shenanigan’s.  Some of the hilarious pranks include covering up the remote control sensors with tape, replacing sugar with salt in cookies, googly eye pranks, straw pranks and several more.

Surprise Candy in a Fruit Can

13.  Surprise Candy in a Fruit Can ~ What a fun idea for a school lunch surprise. Clean out a fruit cocktail can and fill it with little candy treats for April Fool’s Day. They will love it! You could also be mean and fill a candy box with vegetables, but I like this idea better. {snicker}

April Fool's Day {Dinner Party}

14.  April Fool’s Day {Dinner Party} ~ Dixie Delights surprised her family with a “silly and goofy and mixed up” un-birthday dinner party!  They wore silly hats and glasses and ate dessert before supper.  They ate rice krispie meatloaf and ice cream potatoes with caramel gravy.  Make sure you click the link to read her silly post ditty.

Cockroach Lunch

15.  Cockroach Lunch ~ This cockroach looks so real it creeps me out just looking at it.  Using clear transparency is the trick.

A Blue Cow

16.  10 April Fool’s Day Pranks ~  10 hilarious practical jokes for kids this April Fool’s Day.  Add food coloring to a gallon of milk the night before and serve for breakfast.  Your kid’s will be left saying “huh”?

Funny April Fools Jokes

April Fools' Prank Cards

17.  April Fools’ Prank Cards ~ Leave these funny prank cards at the scene of your crime to let your friends or family know you have pulled an April Fools’ joke on them.


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