For April Fools’ Day, look to these Seattle-area stores for gag gifts, as well as paraphernalia for all day pranks and fun. Each store offers something quirky for the trickster and mischief-maker, including the venerable Archie McPhee and other party supply and costume shops located throughout the region. Be sure to check out relative newcomer Seattle Juggling & Magic Shop for some truly unique fun.
Archie McPhee
1300 N. 45th St.
Seattle, WA 98103
(206) 297-0240

Located in Seattle’s Wallingford neighborhood with free parking. Archie McPhee is a one-stop shop for party supplies, crafts, costumes and miniatures. It is best known for its weird collection of strange toys, action figures, collectibles, trinkets, surplus items, souvenirs and candy. For April Fools’, this is where you can find rubber chickens, weird candy and flavored bubble gum, “fake” stuff (blood, mustaches), googly eyes (stick on or glasses), masks (of course), disguises, wind-up toys, bacon tape, screaming pickles, man hands and lobster claws, see-behind-you glasses, and scads of other prankster tools. Just don’t expect to find fake poop. It was opened in 1983 by Mark McPhee, great-nephew of Archie, who passed through Seattle on his way from North Dakota to Asia with his jazz band. Archie’s fun-loving spirit is the name and inspiration behind the store. If you don’t want to drive to Wallingford, you can also shop online, and the store will ship anywhere in the U.S.

Champion Party
124 Denny Way
Seattle, WA 98109
(206) 284-1980

Since 1936, Champion has made sure it stays on top of trends and supplies for every holiday. For April Fools’, check out its makeup, prosthetics (butts, boobs, noses…), wigs, masks, disguises, cosmetic contacts and oddities such as drooping eyes and geezer gums. Free parking is available on the west (left) side of the store (entrance).

Party @ Display & Costume Supply
11201 Roosevelt Way NE
Seattle, WA 98125
(206) 362-4810

Party @ Display & Costume Supply is a second-generation family company since 1952, now with store locations in Everett and Issaquah, as well as an online store. It excels in its selection of costumes, all kinds of party goods and theatrical supplies, including makeup, wigs, beards, accessories and shoes to complete a look. For April Fools’, look to its supply of accessories, including body parts (noses, ears, and severed feet, hands or fingers), dog poop, animal noses, Groucho Marx glasses, coconut bras and a myriad of other supplies for a full day of jokes and annoying pranks.

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Artist & Craftsman Supply
4350 8th Avenue NE
Seattle, WA 98105
(206) 545-0091

This artist supply store also carries a few toys, masks and novelties that can provide a lot of fun for April Fools Day. The Holy Toast Bread Stamper starts the day with breakfast pranks for your household. The Airstrike Catapult or Moose Popper can provide a method of stealth bombardment, especially if you work in an open office cubicle. Or try wearing the 3-D Holographic Magic Glasses. Artist & Craftsman Supply has been offering quality art supplies for professionals, students, children and crafters since 1985, and at the Seattle store since 1996. You’ll find everything you need from paint to plaster and from canvas to craft sticks in 23 locations across the USA or from its online store.

Seattle Juggling & Magic Shop
9460 Rainier Ave South
Seattle, WA 98118
(206) 859-8363

In addition to the largest selection of juggling equipment (including rings, balls, bean bags, and much more, plus instructional DVDs), Seattle Juggling also carries kendamas (Japanese skill toys), over 300 different types of yo-yos and hosts the Seattle YoYo Club on Facebook. For April Fools’ Day, look to its selection of illusion and magic tricks. It has Seattle’s largest selection of magic DVDs, card tricks, coin tricks, sponge magic, cups and balls, jokes, gags and more for beginners to professionals. Yep, there’s a magic club, too. Seattle Juggling & Magic Shop started out as a small family internet business in 2005. It quickly became a full-time brick and mortar store offering hundreds of fun, funky and fantastic products.

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