Foolin' Around! Funny April Fool's Pranks

For April 1 -- or any day your crew is in need of a laugh -- check out this collection of pranks, props, treats, and tricks. They're wacky enough to tickle an entire family of fools. We mean that in the nicest possible way, of course.

  • Alexandra Grablewski

    Tease, Please!

    This fool-the-eye platter isn't all it's crackered up to be: cookies and candy chews stand in for the traditional savory snack. To make the crackers, pull apart several vanilla sandwich cookies. Leave the filling intact and scatter green sugar sprinkles on half the pieces. Scrape away any filling from the others. For the cheese, soften white and orange fruit chews (we used Tootsie Fruit Rolls) in the microwave for a few seconds, then shape into cubes or roll the candy flat and use a knife to trim it into rectangles. Form the holes with a small cookie cutter or piping tip.

    Originally published in the April 2014 issue of FamilyFun

  • Photograph By Mark Mantegna; Recipe by Katie Higgins of ChocoalteCoveredKatie.com

    Faux Cookie Dough Dip

    This deceptively delicious recipe has the texture and flavor of homemade cookie dough, but it's actually a bean dip in disguise. In a food processor, blend 1 1/2 cups chickpeas, 6 tablespoons brown sugar, 1/4 cup peanut butter (we used a natural, unsweetened variety), 3 tablespoons oats, 1 tablespoon milk, 2 teaspoons vanilla, and 1/8 teaspoon each salt and baking soda.

    Fold in 1/3 cup chocolate chips. Serve with apple slices or other fresh fruit. When snack time is over, tell your kids they are now full of beans!

    Originally published in the April 2014 issue of FamilyFun

  • Andrew Greto

    A Micro Meal

    To generate big belly laughs, present your kids with this Lilliputian lunch. Line a small empty matchbox with foil or parchment paper (so that the food can actually be eaten, if desired). With a glue stick, attach a 2- by 4-inch piece of decorative paper around the exterior. For the handle, squeeze a drop of tacky glue onto each end of a 1-inch length of pipe cleaner and adhere it to one side of the box as shown. Finally, pack it with a teensy lunch.

    SANDWICH With a sharp knife, cut little triangles of bread, lunch meat, and lettuce, then stack them.

    DOUGHNUT Frost the top of an O-shaped cereal piece and sprinkle it with nonpareils.

    CARROT Slice a bit of carrot into miniature carrot sticks.

    RAISINS Chop a raisin into tiny pieces.

  • Andrew Greto

    I Broke My Funny Bone!

    What kid hasn't secretly longed to show up for school with a broken limb so that she can bask in attention and collect the loving signatures of well-wishers? This prank allows kids to cast themselves in that starring role -- without any of the suffering. As a bonus, this reusable fake is a fun prop to keep around for make-believe doctor visits.

    You Will Need:
    Knee-high white tube sock
    Paper-towel tube
    Plastic grocery bags
    Masking tape
    Plastic wrap
    Foam brush
    White glue

    1. Cut the toe off the sock, then make a thumb hole by cutting a half-inch slit an inch from the cut end.

    2. To make a cast form, bulk up a paper-towel tube by wrapping three or four plastic bags around it. Secure them with masking tape. Cover the form in plastic wrap, then slide on the sock. Attach a length of masking tape down the sock.

    3. Use the foam brush to apply a thick layer of glue all over the sock, except for where the masking tape is (this unglued area will allow the cast to stretch so that the wearer can easily slip it on and off). Let the sock dry overnight. Remove the masking tape, then remove the cast from the form. Ask well-wishers to sign the cast with markers.

  • Andrew Greto

    The Colossal Popsicle

    So your kid has a huge appetite for frozen treats? Wow him with a mutant ice pop that's as big as his head. To make a simple version, remove the top from a 46-ounce can of juice, pour out a little of the juice (so it won't overflow when it freezes), and insert a foot-long length of 1-inch wooden dowel. Place strips of masking tape across the can to hold the dowel in place, then place the can in the freezer overnight or until the juice is solid. To remove the pop, run the can under hot water to loosen it.

    To make the fancy striped pop shown here, pour all but 12 ounces of juice out of the can. Secure the dowel in place and freeze the juice. Add 12 ounces of a contrasting-color juice and freeze. Freeze the third layer, then run the can under hot water to unmold the pop.

    After the prank is played, chop up the pop and put the pieces in a blender or food processor to make delicious shaved ice (that can be served in reasonable-size portions!).

  • Andrew Greto

    A Helmet to Crow About

    For a wacky stunt on April Fools' Day, deck your family's helmets with some chicken-inspired trimmings, then get ready to hear some chuckling -- and possibly some clucking -- as you cruise the neighborhood.

    You Will Need:
    Felt
    Tacky glue
    Large googly eyes
    Old sock
    Cotton batting or other stuffing
    Safety pin
    Heavy-duty double-sided tape
    Pair of gloves
    Embroidery thread and large-eyed needle

    1. Cut a figure eight shape from the felt. Glue on the googly eyes.

    2. To make the nose, cut off the toe of the sock and stuff it. Using a safety pin, attach it to the felt. Adhere the felt to the back of the helmet with double-sided tape.

    3. Stuff the gloves, tucking in the cuffs to hold the stuffing in place. With the double-sided tape, adhere the gloves to the top of the helmet.

    4. Using the embroidery thread and needle, make a few stitches through each glove and knot the thread ends inside the helmet.

    Originally published in the April 2012 issue of FamilyFun magazine.