When it comes to April Fools’ Day, everyone enjoys a little giggle here and there. Below I have put together some harmless pranks and gags you can pull on your friends during this year’s festivities. Remember, the trick to a good joke is to get both parties to laugh; never just one sided. If your intentions are good and you are ready for a chuckle, take a look at this year’s top contenders.

(1)  Bug in the lampshade

  • Just use construction paper to make some realistic looking bug cutouts and fool your roommate into thinking your apartment has become infested with giant bugs. This one works the best when it comes to those who are squeamish to insects and spiders.





(2)  Computer mouse sensor

  • If you know someone who still has a wired or wireless mouse connected to their computer, print out a small funny picture and tape it over the sensor. Watching them try to use the mouse and eventually flipping it over is the best part.




(3)  “Jelly Doughnut”

  • Why not bring in some cheap doughnuts for your co-workers or even your Economics study group. No one can resist a good jelly filled doughnut, except you are the only one that knows they were filled with ketchup right before. This one is a little more cynical, but everyone gets a chuckle when you join in on the fun.





(4)  Chewbacca Roar Contest

  • Know of a friend who loves Star Wars? Post their number on a flier around the dorm and ask people to leave voicemails of their best Chewy impressions! Their inbox may fill up fast, but the impressions are priceless!






  • Did your roommate already leave for class? Perfect! Tape an air horn to the back of the door and when they open it up, they are in for a loud and startling SURPRISE!





(6)  Re-decorate someone’s car!

  • Post-it notes are the best and never get the recognition they deserve. Why not take some colors and spice up your best friend’s boring colored car? Nothing is more alarming than coming out to a glammed out car. Bonus points if you can cover the whole thing and use window markers!






  • Is your friend still asleep in their room? Take some streamers, plastic wrap, or newspaper and cover their entire door frame. Extra points if you fill the gap between the door and the paper with ping pong balls or other objects to give them a full surprise when they finally crawl out of bed.




(8)  The Mind game…

  • If you don’t have time to figure out a cool trick for April Fools’ Day, you can still enjoy the fun! Just simply walk around and tell your friends and co-workers “April Fools” without having done anything! Then watch as they try to figure out what you did (or didn’t do).


Remember to always have good intentions and get a good chuckle out of your friends this April Fools’ Day.


***Myself, colleagues, and the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater are not liable for any property, emotional, physical or direct or indirect damages that may occur with the follow-through of any or all of these pranks. ***