One of the best things for most fathers about having children is the opportunity to make them a part of your life. You get to watch them grow up and have experiences of their own that makes you proud to have created them. It’s lovely to have children that you can be proud of, but most fathers really are only in it for the dad jokes.
How else are they going to get away with telling terrible jokes unless they’ve got a kid? People can’t go around telling dad jokes if they aren’t fathers, that’s not how it works, as they need someone to roll their eyes sarcastically when they deliver the punchline. Parents love to include their children in their lives, and this dad decided he needed to play a big prank on his son.
Joe Heenan promised his kid they were going to Disneyland but instead pulled the rug from under his little feet. This is how he did it.
Every kid’s dream
The first part of pulling off Joe Heenan’s prank involved tapping into every kid’s dream. Children want nothing more than to go on an adventure to Disneyland to spend some time with Mickey Mouse and friends.
Heenan knew his kid would have loved to go to Disneyland and teased that they were heading somewhere that ends in ‘land’ that day. His child got his hopes up as he thought his father was finally going to take him to the magical theme park. This was going to end in disappointment.
Who wouldn’t want to go to Disneyland anyway? It’s the perfect place to relive your childhood if you’re an adult and the ideal spot to experience childhood if you’re actually a kid. There are a bunch of rides, plenty of Disney heroes to have your picture taken with, and more delicious treats than you could ever imagine.
Joe Heenan is from Glasgow, Scotland, but he thought he would surprise his son and take him on the trip of a lifetime. There is a Disneyland in Paris so the father and son could have been sharing an ice cream with Mickey in a matter of hours if they jumped on a train.
Pack your bags son
Heenan was getting ready to unleash this stunt on his kid, and it looks like he told him to pack his bags for a very special trip. The father, who is a standup comedian, shared his story with Twitter as he brought the disappointed look on his son’s face to his followers. All his son knew was that they were going on vacation to a place that ended in ‘land.’
Heenan’s kid’s mind was racing, and he asked his father excitedly if they were going to Disneyland. Maybe Heenan knew just how much his son wanted to go to the famous attraction, and knew that even if there was a slight hint his son would be delighted.
April Fools’ joke
As it turned out, Heenan was playing an April Fools’ prank on his son, and he fell for it. With the promise of such an exciting adventure on the table, we can’t help but feel sorry for Heenan’s son, who clearly got his hopes up. Heenan has a history of pranking his kids, so maybe his son should have known.
However, when your dad tells you that you’re going to Disneyland, you’re going to believe him. The comedian was just teaching his son very early in life that if something appears to be too good to be true, then it probably is. This would be a lesson his kid would never forget, and he’ll probably never fully trust his dad again.
Commitment to the joke
Heenan didn’t just make a joke, he really made sure he committed to it. He made his son pack a suitcase, really getting his hopes up. How was he going to convince his son they were going to Disneyland if he didn’t pack a bag for the trip?
There needed to be total dedication to having a laugh at his son’s expense, so he gleefully allowed his son to pack a suitcase. Finally, when his bags were packed, the father and son began heading to their destination. We can only imagine that Heenan was messing with his son the entire way, asking him if he was looking forward to meeting his Disney heroes.
What his followers said
Some of the followers thought that Heenan had been more than a little cruel to his son, and thought that it would only be fair if he actually took his son to Disneyland. Another follower thought it would only be fair if Disneyland gave Heenan’s son a ticket to the theme park…
But on one condition. The follower thought that Heenan’s son should get to enjoy Disneyland while the comedian had to sit in the parking lot and reflect on the joke he made.
Where did they go?
Heenan did keep his promise to take his son to somewhere ending with ‘land.’ Instead of his son’s preferred Disneyland however, it was the discount store Poundland. The store is well-known in the UK for selling most of its products at just £1.
And it is not the most exciting place in the world. It certainly is no Disneyland, and suddenly Heenan’s son’s face tells the entire story. This was the ultimate disappointment for a trip that was meant to lead to Disneyland.
A place where dreams are made?
Poundland is not the sort of place a kid dreams of going to. Sure they can get a bunch of toys there, and it won’t cost their parents much, but that’s not what gets kids excited. There is also a bunch of other things at Poundland that kids have no interest in…
Like gardening equipment, cleaning products, and stationery. Heenan’s son’s heart must have dropped when he discovered there would be no Disneyland, only massive savings on everyday products.
Another social media user warned Heenan that pranking his son too often could lead to trust issues in the future. The follower said that they had been a victim of their father’s pranking days and Heenan was teaching his son not to trust adults.
Furthermore, they believed that his son would be in for a lifetime of anxiety if the pranking continued. To Heenan, this was just a joke, but perhaps to his son, it wasn’t so funny after all.
Not his first prank
Heenan has previous when it comes to pranking his children. He once told them he had bought them an iPad and even went to the trouble of making a gift look like one. As his kids managed to unbox their iPad box they discovered they had been the victims of yet another one of their father’s classic pranks.
He had just written a note inside the box saying “April Fool! Haha.” It seems as though Heenan has mastered the art of getting his kids’ hopes up before hitting them with disappointment.
Best April Fools’ joke of the year
Heenan’s joke was mostly met with praise for being pretty funny. He had managed to convince his son they were headed to the discount store and perhaps if he hadn’t made him pack his suitcase it wouldn’t have worked.
Sometimes it’s all about going the extra mile to make the joke really worth it. One social media follower even seemed to think it was the funniest April Fools’ joke of the year. We guess his kids will
be on high alert when it comes to April 1st, 2020.
Not the only one
It would be unfair to single Heenan out as the only parent to ever prank their children on April Fools’ day. There have been plenty of people who make fun of their kids on this famous day, but they don’t always go the way the parents hoped.
One famous vlogging couple thought April Fools’ was the perfect time to unleash their best prank onto their child, but instead, it backfired. The couple, Cole and Sav LaBrant, were heavily criticized by many for this prank.
Say goodbye to Carl
Cole and Sav thought it would be hilarious to prank their child Everleigh by telling her they were giving away her pet Pomeranian, Carl. Needless to say, their six-year-old daughter was not pleased. She burst into tears and gripped her precious dog tighter.
Everleigh wasn’t ready to give Carl away. Cole looks directly into the camera as Everleigh is inconsolable, even after her parents tell her it was only a joke. Everleigh’s father questions whether he and Sav went “too far” in their quest for internet points.
Quick to criticize
People who viewed Cole and Sav’s video were quick to criticize their actions for going too far. While Heenan posted just a picture of his kids’ disappointment, these parents record the whole thing for their viewers to watch.
Then, not content with horrifying their little girl, they decided to post it to the internet. Originally they hadn’t intended on including Everleigh, but she overheard them talking about a prank involving her dog, and they just rolled with it. Cole later admitted they had been in the wrong.
Level of aggression
Psychologist Eileen Kennedy-Moore believes that all pranks have a level of aggression behind them that can come across badly when performed on a child. She said that she is not a fan of them, “especially from parents toward kids,” and that they had no role in parenting.
Kennedy-Moore thinks that our roles as adults and parents is not to deliberately cause upset to children, especially just for our entertainment. That doesn’t mean parents can’t have fun with their kids, but the children shouldn’t be the punchline in the joke.
Parents should be laughed at
Another psychologist, Amy McCready, believes if you’re going to involve children in pranks, then the parents should be the ones being made fun of. She thinks that if a joke causes stress or anxiety in a child then really it should not be done.
Making children feel foolish can lead to anxiety issues in the future, and that is something the psychologist just cannot get behind. Kennedy-Moore recommends keeping any joke involving your children as silly as possible and suggests things like putting socks on their ears.
The Kim and Kanye approach
While not everyone might think Kim Kardashian deserves the levels of fame she enjoys, she did get a recent April Fools’ joke right. Instead of making fun of her children she made her husband, Kanye West, the one getting pranked by her kids.
Her daughter North roped her into pranking Kanye by letting her spread ketchup all over her and making her lie down, motionless. North then convinced her dad that Kim was seriously hurt, and Kanye came running to check she was okay.
Never post prank videos online
Kennedy-Moore believes that parents should never post videos of the pranks they pull on their children online. She believes in protecting children’s privacy as much as possible and worries about their future.
Kennedy-Moore wonders how the kid is going to fare when they’re 30 and looking for a job while potential employers can look up videos of them crying into the camera. The psychologist believes that posting pranks on our kids online is “failing at our stewardship of our children.”
For some families, the fallout from posting pranks of their kids online can have serious consequences. According to Fox News, one couple had been sentenced to five years on probation for child neglect following one of their ‘prank’ videos.
Michael and Heather Martin regularly pranked their kids on their vlogging account, but many felt things went too far when they started hurling obscenities at their kids. The prank was judged to have gone too far and the couple reportedly actually lost custody of two of their kids following the video’s release.
Kids having their revenge
There are plenty of kids out there who are more than ready to prank their parents, and that’s something the psychologists agree is better than the other way around. One of the classic kid pranks to do on their parents is covering the toilet seat with cling film.
It might be a little messy, but it’s definitely a funny one. Other cleaner pranks include sticking an air horn behind a door or sticking a fake bug to the inside of a lampshade.
Know your kids
Kennedy-Moore believes that the one thing you should use when considering a joke with your child is your judgment. Parents know their children better than others and while some kids might be able to handle a trick on them, others cannot.
Kennedy-Moore believes kids are “little people with big feelings.” She thinks it’s important not to step on those feelings at any time and that we should be nurturing our children to understand relationships in the future.
Disneyland can wait
It’s unclear if Heenan’s son ever did get to go to Disneyland, but we’re sure one day his dream will come true. He might not trust his father to get him there until they actually walk through the gates, but when he does go, he’ll definitely have a blast.
In the meantime, Heenan’s son should learn some pranks of his own to get back at his dad. After all, that’s what the psychologists seem to be suggesting he do by letting his dad be the punchline for once.