You don't have to be a kid to play practical jokes and funny pranks on friends and family members; adults like to make some mischief too. The key is to make sure your prank is hilarious instead of harmful. Avoid tricks that are rude, dangerous, damaging, or hurtful, and always keep your audience in mind. The following tricks are perfect for a little grown-up goofy fun.
Harmless Food-Related Pranks
These tricks involve food or drink. Always be sure your "victim" doesn't suffer from food allergies or other health conditions before trying these tricks.
Make a batch of homemade cookies and instead of sugar, add salt. Package the cookies up in attractive tins or arrange them on a plate. Leave the plate on table or bring it to a friend's house for dinner. Don't forget to carry a camera to capture people's facial expressions when they take a bite.
Squeeze a bit of lemon juice in someone's water when she is not looking. You could also add a small amount of vinegar or salt as well. Then get ready for her reaction when she takes another sip.
The night before you plan to do this prank, pour some cereal and milk into a bowl. Then place the bowl in the freezer over night. The next morning, offer to make breakfast and place the frozen cereal and a spoon in front of your "victim." Watch and enjoy as he tries to take a bite.
Safe Household Tricks
These pranks are perfect for roommates and family members. Make sure the "victim" isn't in a hurry at the time you perform these pranks, since that can result in anger or hurt feelings.
Put something gooey on the ear or mouthpiece of the phone such as toothpaste or peanut butter. Don't use gum as this can get caught in the victim's hair and can't be washed out. Make sure the person is not allergic to whatever you put on the phone. Then give them the person a call and watch his reaction.
Shoes Got Smaller
Stuff a sock or napkin in the toes of the 'victim's' shoes. If you're really feeling mischievous, take a moment to perform this trick on every pair of shoes the person owns.
Balloons in the Bedroom
Fill the 'victims' bedroom with balloons. Choose helium-filled balloons for the best impact. You may need to rent a helium tank to pull off this trick. When the person opens the bedroom door, balloons will come floating out.
While the 'victim' is asleep, tape a piece of newspaper from the top of door frame to the wall over the door. Place foam peanuts, popcorn, or small balls of paper over the top of the newspaper above the door. When the 'victim' wakes up and walks out the door, she will be showered with these lightweight objects floating down on her head as the newspaper rips.
Attach several small fake spiders to thin string. Tape the string just above the door jam and then shut the door. Fit the spiders into the small space between the top of the door and the door jam. When your victim opens the door, the spiders will fall down and appear to be jumping at him. Get the video camera ready to capture his reaction.
Safe Front Lawn Pranks
If you're sneaky, you can make a big impact by pranking a friend's front lawn in the middle of the night or while he's at work. Just be sure your friend won't be alarmed by your visit.
Make little paper hearts and glue them on Popsicle sticks. Poke hundreds of them in the victim's front yard for a great Valentine's Day prank or just to show your love.
Forking a Front Yard
Poke hundreds of plastic forks in their front yard. Forking is good for the yard because it aerates the ground when you remove them. Always be prepared to help clean up your pranks.
More Fun and Safe Pranks
Some pranks are perfect for specific situations. Whether you're playing a trick on your college roommate or pranking a co-worker, the following may help.
Does your friend or family member live behind the wheel of his car? If so, you can have a lot of fun performing harmless car pranks. From resetting the settings to covering a friend's car in plastic wrap, you'll love these fun and safe ideas.
If you'll be at work on April Fool's Day, these office pranks can offer lots of inspiration. There's no need to wait for the holiday; you can also use these tricks to get a laugh any day of the year.
Even adults can get in on the fun of camping pranks. From the classic of short-sheeting a bed to the creative crop circles, these safe camping pranks will delight.
Keeping It Harmless
When you are planning a prank, it is very important to consider the feelings of the person you are pulling the prank on. You might not want to pull the prank if there will be any adverse consequences, especially if it involves damage to property, people, or relationships. As long as you keep these considerations in mind, everyone will find your prank as funny as you do.