If you’re a class clown or joker who likes to scare your family and friends at any given moment, you need to know how to sneak up on someone. If you master the technique well enough, the jumpscare will be exceedingly better and the laughs neverending. Although you may be thinking to yourself that it’s easy to sneak up on someone, it actually isn’t and most of the time you will be caught out for either being too noisy or too obvious. So here it is, your ultimate guide on how to sneak up on someone. 

The Plan 

Man making a plan

All successful endeavours start with a plan, and this is something you should do if you’re planning on sneaking up on someone for fun. If you want to scare them good, you need to make sure you’re choosing the right time, destination and person to get the job done properly. Be sure to take a long-hard think about how you are going to execute this stunt and if needs be, write down your plan on paper or your smartphone.

Consider What You’re Holding And Wearing

As part of your plan, you need to consider what you’re wearing and holding if you want to sneak up on someone. If you’re wearing loose clothing, squelchy trainers or lots of jewelry, they are most likely going to hear you creep up behind them and you will completely fail. Make sure to wear discreet clothing and little jewelry if you want to move stealthily and silently to sneak up on someone. 

Master Quiet Footsteps

If you want to successfully sneak up on someone you must master the art of moving silently. One way of doing so is to master the technique of fox walking, however you would have to be barefoot to do this efficiently. If you are out in the open and are wearing shoes, you may have to tip-toe your way to your victim to stop any noise being produced from your footwear. Make sure to keep your movement slow and assess your surroundings to avoid startling your friend/victim. Learning how to be stealthy could make your jumpscare all the better!

Don’t Take Too Long 

Person checking their watch for the time

I mentioned that you must move slowly and stealthily if you are wanting to sneak up on someone but you also need to make sure that you’re not moving too slow! By walking too slowly, you may increase your chances of being caught as there is more time for them to realise something doesn’t seem right. If you’re pranking your friends at school, others may reveal your whereabouts if you sneak up on someone too slowly by looking in your direction.

Control Your Breathing

Making sure that you breathe quietly is imperative if you are wanting to sneak up on someone. Inhale through your nose and exhale through pursed lips to breathe quietly without being caught. If you have a runny nose or a cold, try your hardest to stop yourself from sneezing.

Inform Your Other Friends

If you’re with a group of friends and want to catch one out individually, you need to make sure that you let your other friends know that you are going to scare them. Be sure to inform them of your plan and tell them to act naturally so that the victim won’t suspect a thing. 

Don’t Draw Attention To Yourself

If you’re trying to be stealthy, the worst possible thing to mess up your plans is if you were to draw attention to yourself. Make sure to appear as normal as possible so people don’t think you’re acting strange and make sure not to knock anything over whilst sneaking up on someone. 

Consider The Angle Of The Sun (Shadows)

Persons shadow

One important factor to remember when sneaking up on someone is to consider the angle of the sun. You may not have thought about this before but it’s actually one of the most important things to remember if you want to sneak up on someone successfully. Shadows created through sunlight are obvious to the human eye; if somebody saw a shadow creeping up around them, they would be sure to look around to see who’s there.

Use The Environment To Disguise Yourself

Be sure to use the environment to disguise yourself as best as you can. If you’re in school, try and blend into crowds of people around you or use walls in the school to hide behind. Then, you can successfully sneak up on someone.

Don’t Injure Yourself – Chain Reactions

One massive detail to remember when sneaking up on somebody is trying to anticipate their response and actions. Not everybody responds to jumpscares well, so you may find yourself on the floor in pain after being hit. Think about the individual you’re going to sneak up on and think about how they may react.

If you’re planning on scaring a friend in town amongst strangers, make sure that you don’t look aggressive or strange as other people may think that you’re up to no good. 

Use Distractions

Busy School

Using distractions is the optimum way of sneaking up on somebody. If the school bell has just rung or a fight between classmates has just broken out, use this opportunity to mask your whereabouts and sneak up on someone whilst they are completely unaware. 

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