‘Tis the season for tricks and treats.  This post will focus on the tricks.  As everyone knows, it is a true delight to really scare someone you love.  You know they are completely safe, but the look of absolute terror (right before they realize the prank and swear an oath of revenge) is priceless. Here are the Top Five Best Ways to Scare a Loved One:

Wake Up Freak Out

There is a very visceral reaction when being awoken from a state of deep slumber.  The terror and confusion of the victim is very real.  So is the evil laughter of the perpetrator.  What is the most creative way you can jolt your loved one awake?

Hiding in the Dark

I don’t care how old or how tough you are- there is something about the dark that can put folks on edge.  If you have the chance to hide in the dark and wait for that magic moment to freak someone out, you have to take it.

Creepy Face in Window

So you’re just minding your own business, doing the dishes or reading a book, when you raise your gaze to see a strange face looking back at you through the window. This is guaranteed to get a big reaction from the victim, especially at night. Bonus points if the outside creeper ties into a well-known fear of the victim. A truly timeless prank.

Computer Scream Gag

When I first discovered this prank many moons ago, it seemed to give meaning and purpose to technology in a way that transcended all previous known uses and functionality.  For the unfamiliar with this scheme, you pull up a video that you ask the victim watch closely, paying attention to all the small details as if there will be a quiz or something.  The video is placid and calm, until BAM!!! A loud noise and a disturbing image plays and scares the daylights out of the mark. Please video the reaction if you are attempting this prank- every true artist will want to admire their handiwork.

PLEASE NOTE- Don’t do this prank to young kids.  That’s just mean.

Surprise Jump Out

This is the best of the best- simple, fast, effective. Hide around a corner or in a dark room and just wait for your victim to come to you. A loud noise or scream from you will increase the reaction significantly. Please use responsibly- do not attempt with individuals with a heart condition. These are your loved ones we’re talking about!

There you have it! Have a safe and fun Halloween season.

Please share your greatest success stories with us of how you scared the bejesus out of someone you love! Send an email to creation@mossybrain.com or comment below. Thanks!

Ben Beresh is a designer, filmmaker and co-founder of MossyBrain. Originally from Niagara Falls, ON, he now happily calls Broken Arrow OK home, along with his wife Jessica, four kids and dog Charlie. Ben likes to have a good time, all the time (Enneagram 7), as well as eating all types of sandwiches.

Connect with him on Facebook or ben@mossybrain.com.

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