Seeing as how I got such great feedback from last week's column about “Operation Stick Family,” I thought it would be fun to share a couple of other harmless prank ideas that can pull the family together for a few laughs.
A few years ago we woke up Halloween morning to find that our previously undecorated yard had become a fully decorated Halloween yard. We couldn’t figure out who on earth would have decorated our yard and wondered if it was a friendly neighbourly gesture.
We even went so far as to bring one neighbour a “thank you” gift for the decorations. It wasn’t her and I think she was pretty perplexed. Our friends fessed up and so a few weeks later, when we had a fair amount of snow, we waited until they were gone for the weekend and built snowmen in each of their doorways. They had no way into their house but to dismantle our snow people blocking them.
Another funny and somewhat harmless prank happened to a group of us on a volleyball tournament one year in our hotel. The team was split up into various rooms with our coaches sharing their own. Unbeknownst to us, our head coach set her alarm clock for 3:30 a.m. and gave each room on our team a wake up call.
It would have been pretty harmless and funny had we all groggily picked up the phone, looked at the clock, laughed and went back to sleep, but at least three quarters of the team didn’t bother to look at the clock and we all got up. Amazingly enough, we had all showered and eaten breakfast by the time we realized the time while watching the news. We were livid.
Me being “Miss Justice for All,” called the manager on duty and demanded an explanation, and being that they hadn’t called, I had them block all room-to-room calling thinking that another team was pranking us.
Did I mention that this was provincials?
We ended up exhausted for our first game and lost. Our coach didn’t admit her guilt until on the way home, and even with the loss we still found it pretty hilarious. I don’t recommend doing this to anyone with small children. Ever!