Appropriate April Fool’s Pranks at the Office


I guess the word to adhere to is “Appropriate.” We can all think of pranks that would be totally unacceptable for your place of work, whether it’s an office or not. So let’s not go there.

One fun prank that works, but doesn’t hurt your co-workers, is the “fake cast.” It’s great if you like to hike, bike, bowl, or play some sort of team sport, etc. because the cast and your explanation will be very believable. If April Fool’s Day is in the middle of the week you’ll have to dream up some accident other than the weekend recreation scenario. Be creative.

Now, the night before, wrap your knee with stretch gauze and secure it. Then apply some plaster of Paris and let it harden. Don’t forget to cut a slit in the back for easy on-and-off access to your knee the day of the prank. Reserve some fresh gauze to cover the slit in the cast the day you wear it. A cane is a must if you don’t have some old crutches somewhere around the house. You have to look the part.

“Oh, Bob. What happened to you?” you’ll hear as soon as you hobble into the office. “Well, I was …” and regale them with a really sad expression on your face & shocking tale! Ask someone to please get you a cup of coffee and bring it to your desk. Play it up outrageously and see how long it takes for someone to catch on. It’ll be fun – I know because I’ve already tried it!

21 thoughts on “Appropriate April Fool’s Pranks at the Office”

  1. My coworkers are brutal with the pranks. I’m glad April Fools wasnt on a work day this year.

  2. Oooooo what a cruel prank! I’m so gullible so I hate April Fools Day bc I believe whatever people tell me!

  3. A coworker of mine put tape under our mouses. Everyone thought their computers were broken.

  4. Someone locked the refrigerators in the office around lunch time. Had people all in a panic!

  5. Wow that prank requires a lot of planning. Someone takes April Fool’s Day very seriously!

  6. April Fool’s Day makes me SO ANXIOUS! I hate being surprised or scared so I get jumpy just anticipating the jokes.

  7. Don’t pull any April Fool physical pranks on me. I’d rather you tell me a bit of fake “news” and then say April Fool! Like you won a car at the church raffle or the big lottery.

  8. I’ll never forget the April Fools joke my friend at work pulled. She tied some pink balloons to the back of her chair, wrote It’s A Girl on them. Of course she wasn’t expecting a baby. She’s single. But it caused quite a bit of talk before she shouted, April Fool!!!

  9. Hooray! No April Fool’s pranks played on me but I got to fool the kids at home. I put some green food dye in the carton of milk and cereal for breakfast was a fun& funny surprise.

  10. I know I’m a little late to comment. No fake cast for me. I actually have to wear an ankle brace to work. I fell down the stairs at work and sprained my ankle so I guess I’m the Fool for real.

  11. The only people who participate in April Fool’s Day pranks are fools–not just in April, but all year round. It’s all just a waste of time.

  12. I hated it being the weekend this year. I always get everyone at the office and they were saved from my antics this time around!

  13. This holiday is not for the faint of heart. I freak out when people try scaring me and my reactions are huge so they always go after me because they think it is funny. Worst holiday!!

  14. My office treats everyday like April Fool’s Day. The guys on my team are big practical jokers so you always have to watch your back.

  15. I’d be cautious of playing pranks at work unless you know for sure the receiver is going to be cool with it. If you accidentally prank your boss instead of the person you intended it could end up backfiring and being a bad prank on yourself!

  16. Agree with Dennis’ comment. There are definitely some people in my office who wouldn’t react well to a prank, though the funny thing is that they are often ones pranking others. Some can dish it but they can’t take it so you never know.

  17. I like playing my pranks on random days. This way they don’t see it coming!

  18. Wow, what a prank! It’d be hard to keep it going for me…I’ve got no poker face.

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