Pranks can have consequences; so think about the outcome. After the initial surprise, will your victim’s reaction be positive? A successful prank should always end with your victim laughing!

Match the prank to the person. The best April Fool’s gags are carefully chosen to fit the victim’s personality. For example, a car prank is perfect for someone who is fussy about their car (but make sure you don’t damage their “baby!”). Or, a computer gag will work best on someone is isn’t very computer savvy. Ask yourself: Is it harmless? Really harmless? Could someone get hurt? Finally, expect a payback, so watch your back!