Happy April Fools’ Day: Prank Your Friends and Family!?!

By Mary Ann Filler

April Fools’ Day is celebrated annually in many countries on April 1st. Sometimes referred to as All Fools’ Day, it is widely recognized and celebrated as a day when people play practical jokes and hoaxes on each other. Practices include sending someone on a “fool’s errand,” looking for things that don’t exist; playing pranks; and trying to get people to believe ridiculous things.

I remember with fondness the first April Fools’ Day joke that my oldest son (then in preschool) played on me. He said, “Hey mom, there’s a spider on the fan!” I barely had time to react before he exclaimed with great pride… “April Fools!” I was quite surprised by this because we hadn’t really discussed the fact that the day was a day for “fooling” people. However, his preschool teacher must have had lots of fun with this date and encouraged her little charges to “plan a prank.”

I have to admit, I am presently not one that regularly goes around “pranking” others. But, that wasn’t always the case. In my freshman year of college, my roommate and I had quite a bit of insomnia. We would frequently scheme up seemingly harmless pranks to pull. I think the worst prank we ever pulled (it was the worst because we got caught) was piling the lounge furniture up in front of our Resident Assistant’s, RA’s, door. Unfortunately, we were laughing loudly and the RA opened the door and saw us. We also enjoyed switching signage around and once placed the Women’s Bathroom sign on a poor unsuspecting soul’s dorm room door.

In the spirit of my former shenanigans playing self, I’m seriously considering pulling an April Fool’s prank of some sort just in the name of fun! So, I’ve been trying to come up with something simple to “pull over” on my family members or friends.

There is always the old food prank such as switching the salt and sugar or even making food that looks like something it’s not. How about some blue milk or ice cream mashed potatoes?

Perhaps the old stand-by…placing a whoopee cushion on someone’s chair?

Our pediatric Dentist offers these obnoxious things as prizes for good check-ups!  UGH!

Our pediatric Dentist offers these obnoxious things as prizes for good check-ups! UGH!

What about this idea from Parenting Magazine?  Wait until your kids are asleep, and then switch them in their beds. Or, quietly swap around their dresser drawers. Obviously you will want to be there when they wake up in the morning to witness their surprised expressions.  Well, I can certainly switch the dresser drawers around, but won’t be changing my sons around in their beds any time soon!

Parade Magazine suggests changing your birthday on Facebook to April 1st.  When the well wishes start pouring in, change your status to April Fools!  Or if you want to fool your co-workers put a sign on the copier that reads, “This copier is now voice activated!”

How about calling your spouse and asking them where the extra $100,000 came from in the checking account?

I’m still searching for something to “pull off.”  How about you, what have been your most memorable pranks or are you planning any good ones for today?

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