1. Not a holiday?
April Fool’s Day is not a national holiday but is recognized and celebrated in a variety of countries. Jokes, hoaxes and pranks highlight the fun of this holiday. Find out more about how this holiday started.
2. Track the fun.
Start your notebook, file folder or other way to track your ideas as you explore this holiday. You may want to pull one or two jokes yourself.
3. April fish.
In Italy, France and Belgium, paper fish are part of the holiday celebration. Learn about this tradition and make a paper fish so you can join in on the fun.
4. Explore other countries.
Find out what happens in other countries as part of the jokingly-good fun. Which traditions and jokes can you recreate with family and friends? Be sure to check out “April Fools pranks” on YouTube for many more ideas.
5. It doesn’t have to be small.
Learn about some of the large pranks pulled on the public. If you didn’t hear about Mishapocalypse from 2013 (Tumblr), check it out as an example. I must admit, I enjoyed it immensely. Check out some large-scale pranks.
6. Okay, go small.
Check out pins on Pinterest to find out more about small pranks you can pull. From funny foods to over-the-top decorating ideas, you won’t run out of ideas here. You may want to start your own board to make sure you don’t forget those really good ideas.
7. Find a prop.
Many pranks involve a prop (or more). Of course spiders, snakes and fake poop can bring a scream, but what else can you find?
8. They’re online too!
Jokes abound online as well as people try to out joke each other. Watch to see how online organizations participate in this holiday.
9. Have a prank party!
Join friends and family in a fun time. Combine your ideas and create a party. Be sure to include your best jokers in your plans!
10. Save it.
Okay, so everyone is pulling pranks. You may want to wait to pull your pranks on a day that isn’t April Fool’s Day. Your victim . . . er, recipient . . . is more likely to fall for it.
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