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19 of the Best April Fools’ Pranks to Play on Your Parents

Who said mom and dad can’t get in on the fun of April 1st? These are the best April Fools’ pranks for parents who will never see it coming!

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April Fools’ Prank #1

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.

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April Fools’ Prank #2

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.

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April Fools’ Prank #3

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 your parents are tired of being pranked, try these April Fools’ Day pranks on your co-workers.

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April Fools’ Prank #4

This is the best April Fools’ prank for parents who love their bath products. 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.

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April Fools’ Prank #5

This April Fools’ prank for parents will have them wondering why their world was flipped 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.

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April Fools’ Prank #6

If one of your family members is freaked out about creepy crawlies, this April Fools’ prank 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.

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April Fools’ Prank #7

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’.”  If you’d rather stick to online pranks, here are 7 Facebook pranks you can pull off in seconds.

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April Fools’ Prank #8

This is the best April Fools’ prank for parents who have a rigid morning routine. 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.)

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April Fools’ Prank #9

This is the best April Fools’ prank for parents who love their morning tea or coffee. 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.

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April Fools’ Prank #10

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.)

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April Fools’ Prank #11

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!)

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April Fools’ Prank #12

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.

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April Fools’ Prank #13

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.

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April Fools’ Prank #14

This is the best April Fools’ prank for tech-savvy parents.” 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 is 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.

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April Fools’ Prank #15

Is there such a thing as too many rubber ducks? You’re about to find out! Get an outrageous number of rubber ducks (the more the merrier). Start hiding the ducks everywhere: cupboards, drawers, desks, car glove boxes. Go big or go home! And if pranks are not your thing, try these 50 funny jokes for a laugh.

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April Fools’ Prank #16

Want to really prank your parents? This one’s perfect for you. Get some alarm clocks, set them all to go off at different times, and hide them all over. Be warned though, they will be mad at you. Try these other April Fools’ Day pranks on your parents.

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April Fools’ Prank #17

Less is more, which is what makes this prank so fun. Buy a bunch of googly eyes and glue them on everything you can find. It might not be the most original prank out there, but it surely is one that will make people smile.

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April Fools’ Prank #18

Use bubble wrap! Place bubble wrap under an area rug or a bathmat. This one’s particularly effective first thing in the morning, before your unsuspecting victim has had any coffee—nothing like a loud, unexpected noise to wake someone up real quick!

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April Fools’ Prank #19

Party poppers are great—so grab one and affix it to the jam of a closed door, with the string stretched across the door. When someone turns the knob, they’ll find themselves surprised by a loud noise and a mini-explosion of confetti. Talk about making an entrance! Get a laugh out of these April Fools’ Day pranks that went horribly wrong.