12 April Fools' Day Pranks To Pull On Your Friends

by Sadie Trombetta
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Just because you and your friends are grown up doesn't mean you can't have a little fun with each other, right? This April 1, tap into your juvenile side and plan one of these hilarious April Fools' Day pranks to pull on your friends. Your girls can take a joke, can't they?

Your friends are the people in your life that you're supposed to be able to laugh with, and what better excuse than April Fools' Day to make each other giggle like school girls? Whether you decide to mess with their makeup, prank them on social media, or gasp, hack their phone, there are so many different ways to pull a joke on your friends. Before you plan yours, though, make sure it isn't mean, harmful, or dangerous. Your prank should shock and surprise your friends, not hurt and anger them.

April Fools' Day is a silly holiday, one that lets people around the world blow off steam and have some harmless fun at the expense of their coworkers, family, and, of course, their friends. This time only comes around once a year, so tap into your inner child and get ready to have some fun, because here are 12 April Fools' Day pranks perfect for pulling on your friends.

1. Send An "Accidental" Text Message

Pick the friend who is the biggest busy body out of your group, and send them a text about a juicy secret, something like "OMG I'm really not supposed to tell you this, but I just found out something MAJOR and I need to spill the beans. Promise not to tell anyone?" Quickly follow that text up with, "Sorry, wrong person!" Your gossip-addicted friend will surely text you back, demanding to know your secret, but instead of filling them in, you can string them along all day before revealing that the major development is how gullible they are.

2. Pull Off The One Day Catfish

For your friends with a really good sense of humor, see if you can catch them in your trap of love and lies. Build a fake online dating profile perfect for your BFF, and send them a message asking them out. Since you know your friend so well, you'll know exactly what they want to hear, and chances are, they'll fall for your romantic wiles. Just make sure you don't string them along for so long, because even fake heartbreak still stings.

3. Make A Fake Casting Call For 'The Bachelorette'

If your friend is as addicted to The Bachelor and The Bachelorette as some of mine are, then chances are they are just waiting for their chance at snagging a rose. It's time to use their addiction to romance and reality TV against them. Craft a professional-looking email, complete with logos and a fake email address at "," telling them that they've been accepted onto next season's cast. Don't want to go through the trouble of creating a pretend email? Call them from an unknown number instead, and see how long you can go without laughing, and without them figuring out the whole thing is a hoax.

4. Fill Their Hollow Easter Candy

There are plenty of uneaten bunnies hanging around after the Easter baskets have been emptied, so take advantage of your friend's sweet tooth and give them a not-so-sweet surprise. Carefully unwrap their hollow candy, and make a small hole in the bottom. Fill the chocolate figures with mustard, tooth paste, or whatever other gross filling you have lying around, and be sure you're there when your friend bites into their candy and gets an unexpected surprise.

5. Change Their Phone Contacts

Your friends probably live and die by your cell phones, so one of the best ways to mess with them on April Fools' Day is to mess with their smart phone. There are plenty of ways to do this, including changing the language setting and creating new autocorrect shortcuts, but the easiest way is by changing up their contacts. Find your number in your friend's phone and change it to mom, their ex-boyfriend's name, or someone famous, and have fun torturing them with texts all day long.

6. Hide A Body Part In Their Bag

Everyone knows a girl's bag is really just a bottomless pit where her bobby pins go to die, a place full of mysterious keys, random receipts, and, if you play your prank right, a bloody finger. One of the easiest pranks to pull off, all you have to do is hide a fake body part — preferably one covered in fake blood — in your friend's purse, backpack, or gym bag, and wait for them to find it and freak the heck out. Trust me, it will be hilarious and totally unexpected. Who knows what you're going to find when you reach into the bottom of your bag?

7. Send Them A Glitter Bomb

Your friends are all superstars, so help them shine by sending them a glitter bomb. Something usually reserved for enemies, glitter bombs are a fun and inexpensive way to surprise your friends and keep them sparkling for days on end.

8. Switch Out Their Favorite Beauty Products

A girl's beauty routine can be a pretty serious thing, so if you have a friend who gets dolled up in the morning, you have the perfect opportunity to mess with them. Switch out their body lotion with tanning lotion or glitter cream, replace their perfume with cologne, and exchange their black mascara for a brightly colored one instead. They'll get a makeover without even realizing it.

9. Serve Caramel-Covered Onions

Food pranks are among the best because they're easy to implement, and they generally get a big reaction, especially when someone gets a drink instead of a treat. Make a plate of caramel-covered onions, and insert Popsicle sticks in them so they look like apples.

10. Create A Milk Splatter On Their Laptop

With the help of a little glue and these directions from Instructable, you can give your friend a near heart attack by making it look like milk has spilled on their laptop. When they open up their computer and find what appears to be splattered dairy, they're guaranteed to freak out, and all you have to do is sit back and watch.

11. Hack Their Phone

When you want to prank your friends good, go after their tech. With the help of the genius phone hacking site, iPhonception, you can change all of your friend's phone icons to explosions or kittens, implant a zombie on their screen, or send all of their icons to the bottom of their phone. It's fun, simple, and will confuse the heck out of your usually tech-savvy friends.

12. Sell Their Soul Online

Want to really fool your friend? Create a fake Craigslist ad selling a soul to the highest bidder, and set the response setting of the ad to your friend's email address. All day, they'll be getting messages asking them about their soul for sale, and wondering what in the devil is going on.

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