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7 Ways to Prank Your Family on April Fool’s Day

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Do you like playing harmless and silly pranks on your family? Here are a few funny and easy April Fool’s ideas sure to bring some giggles this April 1st.

Ice Cream Mashed Potatoes April Fools

“Ice Cream” Sundaes

Use an ice cream scooper to serve up these “ice cream” Sundaes that are actually made from mashed potatoes and gravy. Don’t they look so realistic?

April Fools Spider in the lamp trick

Bug on a Lampshade

Tape a plastic bug (find plastic spiders at your local dollar store!) on the inside of a lampshade and then ask a family member to turn on the light. Yikes!

April Fools Donuts

Donut Box Trick

Grab a donut box and fill it with fresh veggies for a funny fake out!

Oreo Cookies April Fools Prank

Oreo Cookie Trick

Replace Oreo cookie filling with toothpaste! Use a butter knife to scrape off the Oreo filling and place a little white toothpaste in the middle of one side. When you put it back together, it looks exactly like a real Oreo cookie! Collin actually pranked her kiddos with this trick back in 2013!

Not Orange Juice April Fools Prank

That’s Not Orange Juice

You know that orange powdered cheese packet that comes with packaged Mac and Cheese? Pour it into a pitcher, mix with water, and it looks exactly like orange juice! Haha!

April Fools Lunchbox Prank

Cracker Jack Carrots

For a funny lunch box prank, replace a snack box like Cracker Jacks with fresh baby carrots. This trick also works well with a small bag of chips. Just remember to seal the package back up with a little double sided tape for a more realistic effect! 🙂


“Spaghetti and Meatballs” Cupcakes

Try this easy cupcake recipe for a fun and yummy April Fool’s treat. They look so realistic!

Also here’s a fun April Fool’s Day book for the kids!

Have you pulled off a great April Fool’s prank? Please share in comments below!

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Comments 97

  1. Heather C.

    Okay, the spider prank would have me running for the hills!

  2. Kelli

    When my boys were 5 and 7 I replaced the ice in the ice maker with Skittles candies. It was one of my better pranks yet!!

    • Lina (Hip's Modern Martha)

      Oh that is a good one! Haha 😀

    • Vee

      That’s awesome Kelli. Wish I had an ice maker.

  3. Julia L.

    The mashed potatoes and gravy/ice cream sundae would be good either way. Cute ideas!

    • Lina (Hip's Modern Martha)

      Thanks Julia!

  4. Laura

    I only eat mashed potatoes around the holidays, so I wouldn’t even mind having that sundae 😉

  5. Sam

    “ICE CREAM SUNDAE!” HAHA! That’s a good one.

  6. TS

    I would do the spider one to my husband but I’d like him to live…lol

  7. Gigi

    My daughter made a box of brownies for her family. In the box were brown construction paper Es. Be sure to have the real thing handy after they have been fooled. 😜

    • Maria

      I did the Brown Es as well. My kids still talk about how I got them with that prank.

    • Lina (Hip's Modern Martha)

      Love this idea! Cute

  8. eemommy

    Used the toothpaste Oreos on the kids a few years ago and they still talk about it. Also “grilled cheese” made from pound cake and dyed frosting.

  9. Miss Chrissy (@alotofstuf)

    My mom used to scare me with her partial fake teeth. After a few years of switching out the coffee sugar with salt, I decided to do something different. I replaced all of my mom’s teeth glue with baby powder. She was not amused. But, she never chased me around the house with her fake teeth after that!

  10. Liz

    The trick for surviving my family is to set an alarm for 6am that says “It is April Fools Day.” Everyone wakes up early to reveal “life changing news” but the calls and texts start super early to catch you before you realize the date. Lots of divorces, broken backs, lost jobs, and one year a puppy died. My family is horrible.

    • Melissa

      Your family sounds like a lot of fun!

  11. sptrr999

    I sewed the crotch of my husbands boxers shut one year. Best prank ever! He couldn’t figure it out, he thought he put them on backwards

    • rob

      Omg that’s too funny! I wish I could do that but who knows which pair he’ll put on since he gets up before me!

    • Lina (Hip's Modern Martha)

      Haha! Awesome prank 🙂

    • bitty

      That is so funny!

  12. Beth

    We’ve done the meatball cupcakes Lina posted for the last TWO years…the little kids LOVE it!

    • Lina (Hip's Modern Martha)

      Great Beth! Thanks for sharing 😀

  13. Pj

    Lots of great ideas! I may have to use a few of these on the family😸

  14. Sarah

    Love these!! Have done mashed potatoes as icing on a “meatloaf” cupcake. Kids loved it!!

    • Lina (Hip's Modern Martha)

      Yes! Love that idea too 😀

  15. Just Me

    I’ve never done it ( because I don’t want to deal with the clean up) but I’ve seen plastic wrap the toilet between the bowl and the toilet seat. And then the pee doesn’t go in the toilet

  16. Just Me

    I’ve also read via captain underpants books to place ketchup packets under the toilet seat lid so when you sit it explode on the back of your knees/ calves

    • Stacy

      I wondered where my kids learned this trick got their sister

  17. mary

    one year I put sponges in a cake pan and frosting them it was hilarious

    • Lina (Hip's Modern Martha)

      Haha! Great one 😀

  18. Teetee

    Love the broccoli in the dunkin donuts box! Totally doing that to my kids!
    Thanks COLLIN!

    • Susie

      Me too, we’ve been on a diet for 3 months now so no junk food in the house. They’ll be so excited to see a box of donuts and then find broccoli inside. Perfect April Fools joke for my house this year!

      • Jody

        Bad part about the donuts you have to go and get the box, lots of temptation. However I will be doing that for my silver sneaker aerobics class.

  19. Michelle

    Unscrew the shower head and dump in a packet of unsweetened kook-aid. When your family turns on the shower in the morning, it comes out red water. Freaks people out every time.

  20. Luna

    Wicked!! Going to try one of these on my dearest hubby. Kiddo is still too young.,thanks!

  21. Brittany

    This year I’m going to buy confetti, put it in the windshield vents and while the cars off turn the air on high so when he gets in and starts it, it’s a party 😂

    • Lina (Hip's Modern Martha)

      Haha! – So funny Brittany 😀

    • rob

      That’s a good one! I may do that one to hubby, my name year old is very excited to “fool” daddy & seems like that one will be perfect for us bc it will be his work vehicle so I won’t have to clean the mess lol

    • linda

      Haha! Love that idea! Would be fun to do for someone’s birthday too. (making mental note)

  22. Wilton

    If your kitchen sink has a spray nozzle, wrap a rubber band around it pressing the trigger down. Sit back and wait for the poor soul who turns the water on next to get drenched.

    • Lina (Hip's Modern Martha)

      Haha I’m doing this! Thanks for sharing. 😀

    • JA

      Try a black pony tail holder. Blends in better.

  23. Judy Trac

    These are good ideas. Going to try this on my boyfriend

  24. Michele

    One year I put googly eyes on everything in the refrigerator. I couldn’t stop laughing when I was done!

    • Heather C.


  25. Sarah

    My 10 yr old son is an April fools baby!!! I am a professional cake decorator and got him a couple years ago with a bowl of spaghetti and meatballs cake, it was absolutely hilarious. I think I will do the ice cream sundae this year!!! Lol! Thanks for the idea!

    • Lina (Hip's Modern Martha)

      Oh how fun! Enjoy Sarah 🙂

  26. Linda

    I love April Fool’s Day and am always looking for ideas so thanks for these. My husband is a pretty deep sleeper. One year I painted his fingernails bright pink after he fell asleep. When he woke up he was NOT amused but I sure was.

    • Lina (Hip's Modern Martha)

      Oh LOL – that is funny Linda! 😀

  27. Kb

    For a less messy toilet prank, carefully put Snap Pops under the lid feet. When someone sits on the toilet, they pop.

    • Heather C.

      Good one!

    • Lina (Hip's Modern Martha)

      Haha – good one KB!

    • Julie

      Going to do this one! I can’t stop laughing just imagining it!

    • maflies1

      Oh, this will be a keeper to remember and will definately do to all in the house this year as I have lots of the packing bubbles that pop. Thanks so much for this idea and all the others on this post. These are absolutely great. 🙂

    • Ashley

      I AM ROLLING …. that is hysterical. Might do it for a Halloween party this year. LOL

  28. Jamia

    I made “eggs” for breakfast last year. I used peach halves and vanilla yogurt to make the eggs. 🙂

    • Lina (Hip's Modern Martha)

      Cute idea! -thanks Jamia 😀

  29. Sherry

    When I was a kid I put salt in the sugar shaker. My mom never ate breakfast but that day she decided to have cereal. She was furious.

  30. Sherry

    A friend of mine had a pregnant woman pee on a pregnancy test then showed it to her boyfriend and said guess what honey. After he majorly freaked out she said April fool’s.

  31. Carrie

    I make my kid and hubby sandwiches for their lunch boxes. I however do not remove the plastic wrapper from the slice of cheese before I put it in their sandwiches. They go to bite the sandwhich and they can not bite through the plastic. They are so embarrassed sitting with friends and coworkers.

    • Whitney

      Haha!! That’s pretty funny

  32. clare

    I added food coloring to my son’s bowl before pouring cereal on top. It took him awhile to wonder why his milk was blue!!

  33. KerriF

    One year I told my kids they had to wear a mask outside bc of some chemical hazard that the news talked about. But only kids had to wear them, not adults. They wore the cheap little masks that I had a box of in the utility room. It took them a while to realize nobody else was wearing them! They still talk about that one… was my best trick ever.

    • linda

      I am cracking up at that! lol!!!

  34. 🦄Heather🦄

    One year I put Saran Wrap on the side of my husbands car and then painted it with graffiti. SO funny!

  35. Leslie Ramey

    These are great! I am so going to do some of these! Thanks for the inspiration.

    • Lina (Hip's Modern Martha)

      Thanks for stopping by Leslie!

  36. RZ

    some of these are funny, but the Oreo and OJ pranks are just wasteful.

  37. Susie

    I’m going to give my girls each a bowl of “white cheddar cheese puffs” (aka packing peanuts) for an after school snack.

    I might never top the year I gave them jello juice!

  38. Marion

    My 9yo loves to prank our family. He emptied the mayo jar into a tupperware bowl, cleaned the jar then filled it with vanilla pudding. He asked my mom to come into the playroom to ask her a question. When she got to him, he was eating the “mayo” with a spoon. She said, “what in the world are you doing eating mayo.” He said, “what Nan, I love mayo.” Then he laughed and said, “GOTCH YA.”

    • Lina (Hip's Modern Martha)

      That is so cute! How funny!! 😀

    • Sharon

      my daughter and I did that so she could prank her sister. It would’ve worked, but she grabbed the real jar of mayo instead of the pudding one. I couldn’t warn her since that would ruin the prank so she actually had a small bite of mayo. She no longer cares for home made pudding!

  39. Rebecca

    Put a small amount of cereal, milk and a spoon in a bowl the night before and place the whole works in the freezer. In the morning top it off with more cereal. My girls thought it was hilarious that they couldn’t get their spoons out!

  40. Allison

    1. Put googly eyes on everything (the milk carton, the TV remote, kids’ backpacks, etc.

    2. Plant “donut seeds” (Cheerios in a pot filled with soul) with your kids the night before. After the kids go to bed put round donuts on skewers in the pot–when your kids wake up they’ll see that donuts grew over night!

  41. Aimee

    I dip cotton balls in chocolate.

  42. Lizz

    I worked in an auto shop years ago. I crazy glued my bosses chair to the floor and taped all the phones into the cradles. I also taped all my bosses business cards on his desk together. And the desks were old metal desks so I glued the drawers shut too. It was great. FYI the crazy glue does not hold long on old dirty objects.

  43. April Rotter

    I made Brown E’s. I cut out a bunch of letter e’s and put them in a pan and covered them with tin foil.

  44. Theresa

    Last year I did the spaghetti and meatballs one in a casserole dish instead of cupcakes and it really fooled everyone!

  45. Diane

    I print a picture of a face with a shocked look, and tape it to the toilet seat so when you lift it, the face is looking at you. I put a ball or hard plastic plate in the pillow case, so when you lay down it’s hard. I put paper or plastic bags under the sheet, so when you lay down it’s crunchy. Stuff shoes with confetti paper. 🙂 Lots of fun things to do.

  46. DB

    If what I have read on the web is correct, eating an excessive amount of toothpaste can cause vomiting and stomach pain and– If it us fluoride toothpaste it can cause some really serious problems like convulsions. So maybe think twice about the toothpaste in the cookie.

    • Dana

      I think you would know after one bite that the Oreo filling was missing.

  47. melody

    I used clear nail Polish to coat my husbands bar of soap in shower haha he couldn’t figure out why it wouldn’t lather up ! Hilarious

  48. Tonjia

    I put a letter opener between my fingers and squeezed ketchup packets all around it, let out a blood curdling scream and waited for my husband to come running. He almost threw up and passed out.

  49. Dana

    These are great! It is not a waste if laughter is the end result! Laughter is better for you than an Oreo. Just sayin’…..

  50. Erica Hall

    Put a For Sale sign in the yard and when your kids come home from school tell them dad got a new job and your moving to Tanzania.

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