11 Easy Ways to Prank Your Family on April Fool’s Day

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Try these silly easy April fools pranks for the family! This post is full of April fool’s pranks for kids that bring on the laughs! 

carrots coming out of Cracker Jack box

Do you like playing harmless and silly April fool’s pranks on your family?

I personally think it’s fun to become a little bit of a prankster once in a while to lighten the mood and make my kids laugh. Here are a few funny and easy April Fool’s pranks and ideas sure to bring some giggles – even year-round when they least expect it! Ha Ha!

If you’ve been following Hip2Save over the years, you know that we LOVE April Fool’s Day! 😉

Although we typically go all out here at Hip2Save, we didn’t post any pranks this year. We hope you all had some fun today anyway. Here is a look back at some of our favorites from over the years:

1. “Ice Cream” Sundaes that are savory, not sweet.

Ice Cream Mashed Potatoes April Fools

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?

Collin actually played this prank on her daughter, Piper, a few years back. Check out this April Fools FAIL video as things didn’t go as planned. 🤣

2. Bug on a Lampshade is sure to create some jumpscares!

spider inside a lamp as a prank

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

3. Donut Box Trick is full of veggies no one expected.

April Fools Donuts Hip2Save.com

This April Fool’s prank is bound to get everyone! 😂 Grab a donut box and fill it with fresh veggies for a funny fake-out!

4. This Oreo cookie trick will result in disappointment.

Oreo Cookies April Fools Prank Hip2Save.com

It’s a classic prank! 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!

You could even leave some of the outer edges of the original cream filling so that from the outside, the cookie won’t look tampered with at all!

5. That’s not orange juice!

mac and cheese prank in a pitcher

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

6. Give out some Cracker Jack carrots. 

carrots in a cracker jack box

For a fun 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!

7. “Spaghetti and Meatballs” cupcakes are the perfect April Fool’s dessert.

spaghetti and meatballs cupcakes

While it’s technically an April Fool’s prank, this easy cupcake recipe actually makes for a yummy treat amidst the joke. Plus, they look so realistic!

Hip Tip: Here’s a fun April Fool’s Day book for the kids!

8. Put some confetti in a vent!

You can either buy confetti or cut up some paper, stick it in someone’s car vents, and wait for them to be covered when they turn the air on! A few of our readers did this funny prank, and the results were hilarious.

9. Star Wars fans won’t be able to get enough of this “blue milk”!

glasses of blue milk
PC: Rimma_Bondarenko/Getty Images, courtesy of Reader’s Digest
Reader’s Digest brought up the perfect prank to get the kiddos into the April Fool’s spirit – blue milk! Simply add a few drops of blue food color to your milk carton, and you can serve up a glass of blue milk!

10. Serve up a bowl of cereal that requires a little extra work to enjoy.

bowl of cereal

Have kiddos that enjoy cereal? Good House Keeping recommends creating some April fool’s prep a night in advance by pouring cereal and milk and adding a spoon then freezing it overnight. Your kiddos will be stumped trying to dig into this frozen bowl of cereal. 😆

11. Keep the lights off.

light switch
KidsActivities.com recommends using colored tape for little ones and clear tape for older kiddos, leaving them confused about the lack of light. 🤣

Have you pulled off a great April Fool’s prank? Please share with us! 

About the writer:

Lina has a Bachelor's Degree from Northern Arizona University with 11 years of blogging and photography experience having work featured in Today.com, Martha Stewart, Country Living, Fox News, Buzzfeed, and HGTV.

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Comments 115

  1. Holly

    One year I sewed all my son’s socks together, just one long discrete thread connecting all the balls of clean socks in his drawer. When he went to get dressed he grabbed a pair of socks and they all started pulling out of the drawer like scarves out of a magician’s hat. He was baffled. We still laugh about that one. 🙂

    • Ashley

      I know! I’m so sad too 😭

  2. PM

    Where are all the fools day deals, truly missing those posts

    • J B

      I came to say the same thing 🙁

    • Anna

      Did I miss a post letting us know there will be no April Fools this year? Is this the April fools prank? Lol

    • tia in boise

      Same! I only popped on to read the April Fool’s posts….maybe they didn’t have time this year?

    • Michelle

      I’m missing them as well! Sad to not see their fun April Fools posts!

  3. Nancy

    We made Brown E’s !!!! Lol

  4. Anna

    What happened to April 1 posts. So sad they didn’t do it this year

  5. Jeanette---

    the mashed potatoes one is crazy!!! (ice cream look alike) —I also miss your april fool’s this year…y’all always did a great job!

  6. Amy

    Is the prank that there are no pranks this year? I came on here just to see them. 🙁

  7. Vivienne

    This is a good site but I would like to see some more pranks to give to some other people

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