Everyone knows that summer is the perfect time for pranks. Who wouldn’t want to mess with their friend’s heads a little? And we don’t mean just leaving scary traps in their bedroom or toilet. We mean good-natured pranks that don’t involve you getting locked in a closet with no way out and spending the rest of your night huddled with a flashlight and a can of red soda. And that’s why we have this list of the 10 best safe summer pranks to play on friends. Whether you live in an apartment building, have access to an attic, or just have friends who won’t immediately see through your scheme, these are all great ideas for keeping things light this summer and letting everyone know how much you care about them by messing with their heads a little bit.
Let’s start with an easy one: Taco Fest. If your friends are anything like mine, they spend the majority of their summers indoors watching Netflix and eating snacks. So, taco fest is the perfect prank to play on a lazy summer day. All you need to do is put out some ground beef and tortillas. If they don’t eat beef, don’t worry—there are plenty of other taco options. And if you’re worried about offending people with a less-than-vegetarian taco fest, just make a few vegetarian tacos for your friends who eat that way. But the best part about this prank is that you don’t have to spend a lot of money. All you have to do is set up the taco stand and give your friends the tacos they so dearly crave.
This one is a fun one to play on your roommates. One morning, sneak into their bedroom while they’re sleeping and turn on their shower. The best way to do this is to use a handheld shower head so that you don’t wake up the other person in the room. Then, when they wake up, they’ll think they have to go to work or school, and they’ll be really annoyed because they don’t have time for a shower. But you can’t just turn the shower off when they walk out of the room. You have to leave it running for the rest of the day. And if you live in an apartment building, you can use a timer to make it seem like a faulty water system.
Duct Tape Decorations
This one is way too easy. All you have to do is put a roll of duct tape somewhere in your friend’s house where they’ll find it. And if you want to take things further, put it on something like a table or a door. Then when they try to take the duct tape off, they’ll just get more and more and more of it, and they won’t be able to get it off the door or table without ruining the surface. This prank just requires patience. Your friend might leave the tape there for a few days before they realize what they’re dealing with.
If you’re a master chef, then you can really make your friends’ heads spin with this one. You can start by making pancakes—without any batter. Then, while they’re in the middle of eating the pancakes, you can go ahead and add the batter. Once the batter is in, you can go ahead and flip the pancakes. And if you want to get really fancy, you can add a few blueberries or chocolate chips at the end, or even a couple of full-on ice cream scoops.
If you want to play a fun Easter prank on your friends, you can fill their eggs with confetti. But you have to be careful about the amount of confetti you put in each egg. If your friend cracks an egg open in the middle of the kitchen and a ton of confetti explodes out of it, they’ll be really confused and mad. But if you just put a little bit in each egg, they’ll get a fun surprise at Easter, and they won’t be too mad because they won’t have had to clean up a huge mess.
This one is a classic. You can pretty much do it with any occasion, but it works particularly well around the holidays. And the best part is that you can do it with store-bought cards, so you don’t have to do any extra work. But if you do want to put a little extra effort in, you can add some glitter to the inside of the cards or draw a picture on the back of them. And if your friends are a little more tech-savvy, you can even add some water-colored emojis, which will show up on both the phone and the computer.
No-Shave April Fools’ Prank
This one isn’t just for April Fools’ Day. You can do it any time of year if you have a friend who loves shaving. This one is a little more tricky because you have to make sure your friend doesn’t immediately realize what you’re doing. But if you shave your friend’s face, they won’t be able to do anything about it because they won’t be able to see what they’re doing. But the best part is that once your friend figures out what you’ve done and shaves off the hair, they’ll have to keep shaving because it will be growing back. And if they don’t want to shave their face, they might not realize that once the hair is back, it will grow in a different color.
Cardboard Box Covers
This one is a classic example of how not to prank your friends. You can make a cardboard box look like anything—an ice cube tray, a toilet seat, or even just a plain old box. And if you’re really good with a knife, you can even put decorations on the cardboard to make it look really fancy. And you can even put a few holes in it so that when your friend goes to dump out the ice cubes, they get water all over their hands. And if you put holes in the toilet seat, you can make your friend a little nervous when they sit down to use it.
This one is for the tech-savvy crowd. You can hack someone’s phone, or you can just log on to their computer and type out a fake virus alert. And you can even put a little beeping sound on it so that when your friend gets the message, they’ll be super alarmed. And when they try to go online to look for ways to fix their computer, they won’t be able to because you’ll have blocked the sites. The best part about these pranks is that they’re all very safe—there’s no risk of bodily harm and you can’t really mess up too badly. So don’t be afraid to try them out on your friends. They’ll be sure to appreciate the laughs!