The first thing that goes through a person’s mind when told “do not try this at home” is usually “now I’ve GOT to try this at home. For the sake of this article though, we will remind the reader that these illustrations are for entertainment value alone and should not be tried in the office. Then again, any society that needs this many disclaimers has too many lawyers.

Office pranks have a rich history in the workplace although the concern for those doing the pranking is whether or not they will get in trouble by the boss. A couple of rules to follow when developing your prank are most helpful and can get the boss on your side in the end.

1) Create The Illusion Of Productivity

Even the most humorless boss will appreciate a prank if it’s even vaguely constructive or work-related. Sir John Hargrave, author of Mischief Maker’s Manual, recommends large-scale, contractor-level stunts. “If your boss complains, just point out the teamwork and creativity that you and your co-workers showed.”

2) Safety in Numbers.

“The more co-workers you involve in your prank, the harder it is for any one person to get in trouble,” Hargrave says. “A mass prank distributes the blame. The boss can’t fire the entire office.”

THE PRANKS

#5 THE THING THAT LIVES ABOVE MY CEILING

 

Suspended ceilings are wonderful places to hide dummies, heads or recordings

#4 THE CLASSIC

Hide something horrifying in an office desk, closet or refrigerator and video the results. Suggest using a mouse, severed head or Nikki Minaj action figure.

 

#3 RAT THE WHOLE OFFICE

Requires a bit of shopping but if you can get your hands on enough fake vermin, the effect is worth the effort.

#2 GHOST GIRL

Requires participants but if the effect is pulled off and recorded, the viral video is a satisfying bonus.

#1 NEVER GO TO THE OFFICE HALLOWEEN NIGHT

The setup – This company called some of their interns to drop by the office around midnight to help them prepare for an urgent international conference call. None of them were prepared for what they discovered inside.

Halloween is certainly a time for fun and a few scares. When practiced safely and with a little common sense and good luck, you can have your own office pranks to share next year.