For some, April Fools’ Day is just as big an event as Christmas or Independence Day. If that describes you, then you need to know where to shop for the right gear and performers to pull off the day’s great prank. Costumes, tricks and paraphernalia are all here in these great shops in St. Louis to help you express your own special kind of sense of humor on one of the year’s most mischievous days.

811 North 2nd Street
St. Louis, MO 63102
(314) 621-3660

Gibbols has been a great go-to place for everything fun and games since 1981. You’ll find everything you need for a full day of April Fools’ Day fun. If you are looking for costumes, you can find them here. Greet your significant other with a mask that scares their socks off, or look for any makeup to help you create that look that completes your prank. Gibbols has a full selection of novelties and magic tricks too. Maybe a magician is the final touch to your pranking festivities. Check the website for links to magical resources. On what some consider the most fun day of the year, Gibbols sells it.

Remember Me Vintage
1021 Russell Blvd,
St. Louis, MO 63104
(314) 773-1930

For some, the perfect April Fools’ prank centers on just the right costume. At Remember Me Vintage, you will find a costume for any occasion. Since 1983, this shop has been selling and renting costumes to St. Louisans for any occasion. It has costumes from any era in which you can dream up a prank. Try the 1900s gallery for a World’s Fair outfit. Surprise that special lady in your life dressed in a vintage gold brocade tux. Let your imagination run wild. You will find the right costume to complete your caper.

Ickle Pickle Products
808 Somerton Ridge Drive
St. Louis, MO 63141
(314) 434-3630

If your idea of fun on April Fools’ Day includes magic, then make sure to visit Ickle Pickle Products. It has everything you need to razzle dazzle and mystify your friends. All the classic magic tricks are available to you as well as quite a few more advanced spells and illusions. Check out its novelties and gags for that extra joke for the day. Ickle Pickle even has the classic disappearing ink trick that is sure to delight just as soon as your victim figures out they haven’t been permanently stained. The exploding wallet is always a great gag and the hand buzzer is everyone’s favorite. The shop also has a full selection of clown and comedy props. This must be a shopping stop for your April Fools’ Day prep.

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The Clowns
13 Spangle Way
O’Fallon, MO 63366
(636) 978-2991

Hire a clown for your April Fools’ Day prank. The Clowns LLC is a family-owned business that supplies clowns for parties and any other special occasion, like April Fools’ Day, and it promises an experience full of fun and laughter. And these clowns are talented. You can expect magic and face painting to be just a couple of the delightful activities that accompany the events they attend. Oh yes, there will also be balloon sculptures. Surprise the kids or your colleagues at work with a visit by these fun-loving performers. It’s a great way to spend the day.

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Lisa Payne-Naeger, a native of the St. Louis area, is a freelance writer, blogger, political activist and a homeschooling mother of two children. Her work can be found at

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