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Harmless Dorm Room Pranks to Pull on Roommates

Take advantage of that captive audience!

If you find yourself in the presence of room mates, either in college dorms or elsewhere, it is your moral obligation to mess with them.

That said, I am not the biggest fan of pranks that...

  • Damage property
  • Cause injury
  • Traumatize victims

Such pranks are a bit harsh, but more importantly, they have the potential to jeopardize your living arrangements, which is certainly not ideal!

What I propose is selecting harmless but nonetheless strange pranks to pull on your roomies. Here are some ideas for simple dorm room pranks to get you started. Let the games begin!

Fill your roommate's room with balloons!

Talk about visual impact!

Talk about visual impact!

Doodle on eggs

This simple and creative prank is a great way to surprise whoever reaches for the communal carton of eggs in the morning to make an omelette. All you need are some basic art skills, some eggs, and a permanent marker. Have fun with this one. It's fun! It also makes breaking eggs surprisingly violent and dramatic.

Leave the toilet seat up... right before bed

I never quite understood the effectiveness of this prank until it was pulled on me.

When we get up in the middle of the night to use the bathroom, we rarely look where we're going. Hence, when toilet seats are... misplaced, we don't see them. And we fall right into the toilet. And let's be honest- it is HILARIOUS when half-asleep people fall into insidious traps.

Cover stuff on Post-Its!

It's cheap and easy... but effective!

It's cheap and easy... but effective!

Stage action scenes on shelves with toys and action figures

Chances are someone in your dorm, house, or apartment has some toys laying around. It is your mission to find said toys and arrange them in epic battles throughout the house.

The longer you can do this undetected and the more elaborate scenes you can create, the better. Note: doing this same thing with childrens' toys is also exceedingly fun, mostly because the kids think the toys have moved on their own.

Decorate the plunger

Another anonymous activity that will just weird people out is decoration of the plunger, or other neglected (and hated) cleaning implements. In addition to the randomness of this action is the inevitable speculation that arises surrounding the motivation for doing such a thing. Is it a passive aggressive gesture? Has the plunger been somehow booby trapped? Everyone shall find themselves wondering this... and more!

Wrap your roomie's furniture!

This is a great prank to pull after the holidays- when there's a ton of left over wrapping paper to play with!

This is a great prank to pull after the holidays- when there's a ton of left over wrapping paper to play with!

Put creepy photos inside cabinets and drawers

Clip art is a wonderful, wonderful thing. Utilize it to your heart's content by placing it all over the dorm/house/apartment in random places. See a photograph of a strange facial expression? Tape it to the inside of your roommate's sock drawer. Find a weird photo of a dancing sandwich? Tape it to the back door. The longer you can do this without being discovered, the better.

Wake your roommates up in a creepy manner

This is one of my favorite things to do. As your roommate peacefully drools onto his or her pillow, quietly loom over him/her and wait for a scheduled alarm to go off. As the alarm is activated, assume the most creepy facial expression possible.

Note: if your roomie is the type to throw punches when alarmed, wear protective gear (this could enhance your creepy demeanor) or keep a safe distance.

Tin foil it up!

This variation of the wrapping paper prank never ceases to amuse

This variation of the wrapping paper prank never ceases to amuse

Put marbles and other odd objects in your roomie's shoes

This is a simple but perturbing prank, since folks typically put on shoes when distracted and somewhat rushed. If you really want to freak out your roomie, place fake spiders / tarantulas inside his or her shoes instead of marbles.

Talk to yourself - and answer back

My old music teacher Mr. Ergot used to say that it was fine if you talked to yourself so long as you don't answer back.

If you want to weird out your roommate over a prolonged period of time, make a habit of having conversations with yourself. For extra effectiveness, use different tones of voice, or utilize a sock puppet.

The Food Switcheroo Prank

You can always swap out the food in your roomie's favorite packaging for something odd! This skittles trick is brilliant.

You can always swap out the food in your roomie's favorite packaging for something odd! This skittles trick is brilliant.

Eat raw pasta

Maybe it's just me, but it scared the heck out of me whenever my college roommate (who is awesome BTW) would sit on the couch and eat raw pasta. It just freaks me out. Maybe it'll freak your roomie out, too!

Put an unidentified box in the freezer and DEMAND that it not be opened

If you really want to freak your roomie out, get a gross-looking shoebox, put some rocks inside, get it dirty, wrap it in duck tape, and put it in the freezer. Demand that it not be touched or opened, and be adamant about keeping the freezer temperature constant- to protect the contents. Refuse to say what is inside the box, and get defensive whenever it is brought up.

Move furniture around, but just slightly

People travel for thousands of miles to see the Devil's Racetrack in Death Valley, where large boulders have moved inexplicably across a vast expanse of desert.

Why not recreate this natural wonder by gradually moving the furniture around your dorm/house/apartment? Make a habit of shifting chairs, couches, and tables just slightly every day and see if your roommate notices.

Go for the classics!

You could always pull the ol' kick me sign. It's an oldie but goodie- and relatively harmless!

You could always pull the ol' kick me sign. It's an oldie but goodie- and relatively harmless!

Leave embarrassing notes

Remember how your mother sometimes left embarrassing, sappy notes in your lunch box? I LOVED those notes, but a lot of folks find the practice kind of weird.

Even if your roomie loved getting cutesy notes from his/her mum, it'll probably freak him/her out if you start leaving them in bags, purses, and backpacks. If lovey-dovey and cutesy don't work for you, you can always go with more obscure, strange notes saying things like "LAUGH IT UP, FURBALL" and "ONLY YOU CAN PREVENT FOREST FIRES."

Put weird notes on food

Another fridge-related prank involves putting strange notes on food. This may involve labeling EVERYTHING to which you claim ownership, or putting a note on certain containers saying "THIS IS MINE I SPIT IN IT SO DON'T EVEN THINK ABOUT HAVING SOME!"

You'll roomie shall think you're a nutter for sure.

Speak up!

What are your favorite roommate pranks?

Many of the above pranks are pretty lame, but the important thing is that they'll not endanger your living arrangements, cause any serious bouts of violence, or lead to physical or monetary damage.

I've had enough experiences of pranks gone too far (or bouts of escalating retribution and payback that get out of hand) to know the downsides of extreme pranking. All I'm trying to do here is encourage some responsible shenanigans.

Can you think of any other harmless dorm room pranks to play on roommates? Share them in the comments below!

Heck, I'd like to hear about any prank you've played- or any prank that someone else has played on you! Did any of them end poorly? Or did everyone take it in good humor? I'd like to know!

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