14 Funny April Fools’ Jokes to Play on Your Parents
These practical jokes are easy, fun—and a little bit wicked. (But they won’t get you grounded, we hope.)
Turn your tap water weird colors
Make your parents worry about the water quality with this harmless prank. Use a cotton swab to wipe gel food coloring around the rim of the faucet spout, right where the water comes out. (Choose red for a particularly spooky touch!) Then watch and wait for them to freak out when they fill up their glass. Here’s how April Fools’ got started in the first place so we could pull fun pranks on our loved ones.
Swap the sugar and salt
If your parents drink their coffee or tea with a touch of sugar, replace the sweetener in their sugar bowl with salt for a not-so-sweet surprise. (Note: Don’t forget to replace it before you need a little sugar for your oatmeal!) You could even prank your kids with this one and 15 other kid-friendly pranks.
Power down the remotes
Take the batteries out of every remote in the house to make it impossible to change the channel. (Bonus points if you switch the TV to your favorite channel before you shut it down.) If you’re parents are tired of being pranked, try these April Fools’ Day pranks on your co-workers.
Seal off their shampoo
Get them into a lather in the shower by sealing off their shampoo, conditioner or body wash. To do this, unscrew the cap and place a small piece of plastic wrap over the bottle opening before you screw the lid back on. They’ll have no idea why they can’t get their cleaning products out.
Turn everything upside down
Sneak downstairs before your parents get up, and set all the small objects in the house (picture frames, clocks, books, and other doodads) upside down or backward. You can also turn jackets and other items inside out. If you don’t feel like putting in all this effort for a silly prank, try memorizing one of these 75 short jokes that are guaranteed to get your a laugh.
Surprise them with a spider
If one of your family members is freaked out about creepy crawlies, this April Fools’ joke will definitely get a reaction. Unroll the toilet paper slightly, and draw a creepy spider a few sheets in with a marker. Roll it back up, and wait for your victim to get a surprise.
Create your own (fake) cracked screen
If you have your own smartphone or tablet, you can really get your parents fooled by pretending your screen has been cracked. You can download images or even find online apps that will make your screen look like it’s shattered. Your parents will totally be relieved when you scream “April Fools’.”
Switch out their underwear
Make getting ready in the morning a little more challenging by switching the underwear from one person’s drawers to another family member’s. (It’s especially funny if you put a kid’s teeny pair of underwear into the biggest family member’s dresser.)
Tinker with their drinks
There are a few different ways you can bring a little April Fools’ fun to your drinks. Try hiding a little food coloring beneath some ice cubes—so when you pour in water or another drink, you’ll get a colorful beverage. Or create a creepy ice cube by freezing a plastic bug into an ice cube, and slipping it into their drink. You’re not the only one who likes to pull fast ones on people, your favorite fast food chains like to pull pranks too.
Upgrade your framed photos
Looking for a more subtle prank to pull on your parents? Print out (or snip out) pictures of your favorite characters or cartoons, and replace your family photos with these silly shots. (Let’s see how long it takes for your parents to see that Harry Potter has replaced you in the portrait.)
Help them learn a new language
Swap the settings on the TV or their phone so they see everything in Spanish or French instead of English. (Then maybe they can help you with your language homework too!)
Make a splash
This one is an oldie, but a goodie: Use a rubber band on the sink sprayer handle to keep it pressed down. When the next unsuspecting person goes to turn on the faucet, your prank will make a big splash as the sprayer soaks them. Take note of some of these other shocking pranks and hoaxes throughout history.
Create a sticky situation
If your parents constantly ask you to replace the roll of toilet paper, here’s the perfect opportunity to do it—but with something funny. Put a roll of duck tape on the holder instead of toilet paper.
Stop the mouse in its tracks
Stick a Post-It or a piece of clear tape over the tracking ball on the computer mouse to keep it from moving. Watch your parents’ confusion as they try to figure out why their computer’s on the fritz. Now that you’ve got a few pranks up your sleeve for the big day, start memorizing these 50 bad jokes that people can’t help but laugh at for all year round fun.