Halloween Office Pranks To Scare Your Co-Workers

by Jessica Learish

When we think of Halloween, the first two things that come to mind are costumes and candy. Naturally, for people who like a good laugh, the third thing that comes to mind is scaring the daylights out of our officemates with Halloween pranks to play at work. You know, ones that are just harmless enough so that nobody gets hurt beyond the obvious emotional pain of having been gotten-good by a colleague. You and your accomplices will all have a good laugh, and none of you will have to answer to anybody's boss for your mischief.

Halloween is the perfect time to play a prank on an unsuspecting co-worker. Proximity to Halloween is relevant, as it is synonymous with being scared. It's even better than April Fool's Day, and I'll tell you why. Since the invention of Facebook, I haven't been a huge fan of April Fool's Day. Every year, I see the same 100 fake engagements and pregnancies, and the jig, as they say, is up. And that doesn't even take into account the dozens of genuinely excited people who hop online to share a piece of life news on April the first, unknowingly opening themselves up to comments like, "Yeah, right — April Fool's!" But Halloween is perfect. It puts the trick in trick or treat.

Don't miss out on a golden opportunity to scare the bejeezus out of your colleagues this fall with these and other glorious office pranks.

1. Colder Than A Witch's... Fridge

Take all of the shelves out of the break room refrigerator. Just before lunchtime, hop into the fridge and wait for your first victim. Don't forget to shout boo!

2. Crackin' Myself Up

This next prank is a targeted strike. Wait for your co-worker to step away for a minute, then change his or her laptop wallpaper to a picture of a shattered LCD screen. Anyone who has ever broken their laptop display before will immediately be consumed by panic. Wait to see how long it takes your victim to realize they've been pranked.

3. Dead Mouse On Your Desk

Here's another prank that is made possible by the struggles against unreliable technology.

4. Buzz Buzz Buzzzzzz

First, hide something that vibrates on command — you know, like an iPad mini, or a remote controlled vibrating dog collar (what did you think I was going to suggest?) in your co-worker's desk drawer, or tape it to the bottom of her desk. Then watch as she slowly loses her mind searching for whatever it is causing her phantom phone hallucinations throughout the day.

For more Halloween ideas, visit Bustle on YouTube.

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