Playing scary pranks on your kids doesn't really come to mind when it comes to parents nurturing and preparing their children for the big wide world that they'll eventually have to confront when they grow up flee the nest.
But sometimes preparing your kids means playing a scary prank on them with the intention of scaring the bejesus out of them so much that they will learn, well, they learn something - mainly that pranking can be great fun as long as you you're the prankster and that parents can sometimes be a-holes.
Plus, when they eventually go to college, they'll have the perfect grounding in what scary pranks to pull.
So take a look below at some examples of parents who have performed their responsible parenting(?) duties and gone the extra mile to prepare their kids for the rest of their lives with 5 of the best scary pranks for children.
And probably an adulthood filled with therapy to overcome their childhood traumas in the process.
1/ The Classic 'Kid In A Shower' Scary Prank
The shower's always a good place to surprise someone, especially if it happens to be your kids. This scary video prank is especially great because the boy is captured for posterity screaming like a total girl.
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2/ Chainsaw Wake-Up Scary Pranks
Waking the kids up with a chainsaw while wearing a creepy mask is a guaranteed way to scar them for life. What kid wouldn't love their mom or dad to pull this scary prank on them? Parenting 101.
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3/ Scary Monsters Under The Bed Prank
Take note would be parent prankers. A lot of work went into this scary prank of pretending there's monsters under the bed. But it's worth going the extra mile as your efforts will be rewarded with a child's horrified screams.
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4/ Dressing Up Bigfoot Scary Pranks
Remember: Your children's faces won't contort in terror on their own—dressing up as a big hairy Bigfoot and sneaking up on them unawares should do the trick though. Kids love scary pranks.
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5/ Scary Halloween Pranks On Your Kids
Everyone knows Halloween is the perfect time for parents to pull some cruel scary pranks. If you can't manage to scare your kids at Halloween, you're doing it wrong.
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6/ The Tried And Tested Scary Mask Prank
Sometimes just a simple mask is all it takes to pull of some great scary pranks on your kids and terrifying them. Once they stop crying they'll love you for it. Honest..
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7/ Nothing Beats A Scary Bedtime Story
If you can't be bothered with a scary prank, remember that a scary story with a dramatic climax is just as effective for terrifying them just before bedtime. It's a parental duty to read to them (and scare them to death).
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