Celebrate Halloween with Giant Microbes (up for grabs)

by Pam on October 8, 2012

Bacillius anthracis, yersina pestis, ebola virus and streptococcus pyogetres. That’s the scientific names of Anthrax, Ebola, Flesh Eating Bacteria, and Black Death. These four diseases have been visiting our house. Before you panic and run to disinfect your computer, I’ll explain. Although it seems my kids manage to capture every rare disease they can find, this time everyone in our household has welcomed these diseases because they are part of the Giant Microbes Halloween Collection by Drew Oliver.

Founded in 2002, Giantmicrobes Inc.’s mission is to produce unique and interesting gifts for children and adults alike. Whether your interest is educational, medical, or just plain old entertainment, they are your number one source for all things microbial!

Unlike their nasty, real life counterparts, these are cute little stuffed toys that can be hung from the rearview mirror of a car.  Or, if you’re feeling creative, can be made into a Halloween tree to use as a Spooky Halloween decoration.   Simply find a small branch with several offshoots, spray paint it black,  and add the microbes.  Place the branch in a small orange metal bucket for maximum effect.

Each of the microbes in the collection includes a brief description of the disease it represents.  Did you know that Flesh Eating Bacteria is most commonly caused by the same strains of virus responsible for strep throats?  While these would be a great gift for your favorite medical student, Giant Microbes has a huge selection of cute and cuddly diseases.  I’d never thought of the sniffles as being fun before.

If you’re looking for a gag gift, they have a selection of adult diseases too. 

These diseases have certainly provoked discussion around our home.  Before our collection arrived, discussing disease around the dinner table was rarely done.  Now, the kid’s curiosity has been aroused.  Maybe we have a future doctor in our family? I can only hope. 

Win It!
 One person will receive a set of Giant Microbes for Halloween.

  a Rafflecopter giveaway

Pam is a former teacher turned work from home mom. When she's not caring for her kids or cats, she can be found whipping up tasty recipes, trying her hand at the newest techie gadgets or reading. She loves to travel whenever she has a chance and spends way too much time on the computer sharing her experiences.

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Claire October 8, 2012 at 5:43 am

My favorite thing about halloween is costumes and candy

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nightowl October 8, 2012 at 5:50 am

I like the costumes.
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Janet W. October 8, 2012 at 11:27 am

My favorite thing is seeing my grandsons dressed up in their costumes!

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Janet W. October 8, 2012 at 11:39 am

I would also like to win “Common Cold – Rhinovirus”.

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Maryann D. October 8, 2012 at 1:17 pm

Favorite things candy, beautiful colors and costumes.
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Maryann D. October 8, 2012 at 1:20 pm

I would like Stomach Ache
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lisaray October 8, 2012 at 4:02 pm

I’d like the Fat Cell – so I could beat it up!

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karenmed409 October 8, 2012 at 5:02 pm

kids all dressed up in the cute costumes.. love the little babies that visit

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karenmed409 October 8, 2012 at 5:03 pm

I like the Aquatic Krill, gotta keep the whales fed

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Heather October 8, 2012 at 8:23 pm

My favorite thing is all the cute inventive costumes!

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Heather October 8, 2012 at 8:25 pm

I love the Krill (Euphausia superba)

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Carrie Phelps October 8, 2012 at 9:09 pm

I love that I can be anyone/anything this one day a year!

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Carrie Phelps October 8, 2012 at 9:10 pm

I like Nibble.

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Danielle October 8, 2012 at 9:45 pm

I love dressing up for Halloween and decorating!

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Danielle October 8, 2012 at 9:47 pm

I like the Paramecium. And brain eating ameoba.

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SueZH October 8, 2012 at 11:11 pm

I like the hand washing kit.

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BowieTip October 8, 2012 at 11:25 pm

My favorite thing ’bout Halloween is wearing a burglar’s mask in public.

Hope to win!

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BowieTip October 8, 2012 at 11:27 pm

I’d love to win the HPV virus.

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Kayla October 9, 2012 at 12:13 am

Sperm and egg!

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Ariel R. October 9, 2012 at 2:05 am

All the fake fog and kids in costumes.

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Shannon October 9, 2012 at 6:01 am

My favorite thing about Halloween is decorating!

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Shannon October 9, 2012 at 6:01 am

My nickname for my husband is Amoeba, so I would definitely have to go for that one

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Renee Walters October 9, 2012 at 9:27 am

I like the Paramecium. Thanks so much for the fantastic giveaway!
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debbie October 9, 2012 at 11:39 am

I love seeing all the little kids dress up, they are so cute.

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Anastasia October 9, 2012 at 12:21 pm

I love the fun atmosphere and all the cool costumes :)

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Anastasia October 9, 2012 at 12:24 pm

I want the bed bug so badly! We had to deal with bed bugs before, so it’s pretty LOL to have a giant one :)

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Anonymous October 9, 2012 at 3:36 pm

I like the Clap!

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debbie October 9, 2012 at 6:32 pm

I would like the h5n1 avian influenza,

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DeeAnn S October 9, 2012 at 8:16 pm

My favorite thing about Halloween is decorating the front of the house to be scary for when the kiddies come trick-or-treating! :) Thanks.
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DeeAnn S October 9, 2012 at 8:22 pm

I like the Merry Christmas Microbes. Thanks.
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Lim October 9, 2012 at 10:18 pm

Being someone else.

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Lim October 9, 2012 at 10:20 pm

Cimex lectularius (bed bug).

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shana October 9, 2012 at 11:12 pm

I like free candy!

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shana October 9, 2012 at 11:14 pm

Fruit Fly (Drosophila melanogaster)

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sweepmom October 9, 2012 at 11:52 pm

I wouldl ike the Salmonella.

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Stephanie October 12, 2012 at 12:16 am

Haha these are funny, I like the bed bug

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Ariel R. October 12, 2012 at 12:58 am

I want to get Mono/Kissing disease, it is so cute. It even has little eyelashes.

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Sarah Hall October 12, 2012 at 8:07 pm

I love the wonderful colors of the leaves, the costumes and the free candy for the kids.

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rj7777 October 14, 2012 at 9:18 pm

I love the costumes and candy. I love how excited the kids get and they can’t wait to go trick or treating! Rita Spratlen rjspratlen@gmail.com

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rj7777 October 14, 2012 at 9:20 pm

I like the kissing disease and the common cold. They are all cute. Rita Spratlen rjspratlen@gmail.com

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cindy October 15, 2012 at 12:35 am

my fav thing to do is take my kids to the pumpkin patch!!

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cindy October 15, 2012 at 12:43 am

dengue fever

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Karen F October 15, 2012 at 6:04 pm

I like the Christmas tree box, these are just so adorable to be so bad! I know my boys would get a kick out of these.

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Irene Schleissing October 15, 2012 at 7:36 pm

I love watching how excited my daughter gets when she dresses up!~

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Irene Schleissing October 15, 2012 at 7:36 pm

I <3 <3 <3 the bed bugs lol

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Shelley P October 15, 2012 at 11:25 pm

I love shopping for Halloween costumes.

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Shelley P October 15, 2012 at 11:27 pm

I’d like to win the common cold : )

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8KidzForMe October 16, 2012 at 1:47 am

Seeing all the cute costumes is my favorite part of halloween.
~Sandra U.

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Stacy October 16, 2012 at 9:14 pm

My favorite thing about Halloween is the spooky decorations!

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Stacy October 16, 2012 at 9:15 pm

My sister was just diagnosed with the West Nile Virus, so I would actually buy that one for her to hopefully make her feel better!

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heymissvirginia October 16, 2012 at 10:29 pm

I love taking the kids trick or treating.
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Brigette Streeper October 18, 2012 at 3:27 am

I love that my son’s birthday is so close (on the 27th) so we always have a great big party! brigettestreeper(at)yahoo(dot)com

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Jeanna johnson October 18, 2012 at 12:56 pm

My favorite thing is seeing the excitement on my kids faces!

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Jeanna johnson October 18, 2012 at 1:02 pm

I like the common cold! He’s be cute to snuggle with while sick!

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corey1971 October 19, 2012 at 1:40 am

Seeing how excited my kids get (Corey Olomon)

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Anonymous October 19, 2012 at 2:33 am

I really like taking my kids trick or treating wilcarvic
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Anonymous October 19, 2012 at 2:39 am

the red blood cell is cute wilcarvic
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Jessica Rose October 19, 2012 at 4:35 pm

Favorite thing: Making my own costume!

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Charlene October 22, 2012 at 8:38 pm

How about Chicken Pox :)

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tracey October 23, 2012 at 12:20 am

i love the candy
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Nicole Lancaster October 23, 2012 at 6:38 am

Seeing all the creative costumes is my favorite part of Halloween.

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Nicole Lancaster October 23, 2012 at 6:46 am

I would like to win Dengue Fever.

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Auri Lae October 23, 2012 at 8:38 am

I love costumes! Making them, wearing them, costume parties…

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Auri Lae October 23, 2012 at 8:53 am

Martian Life is so cute!

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buzzd October 23, 2012 at 2:03 pm

the fun decorations

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buzzd October 23, 2012 at 2:05 pm

the minnow is cute

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Angela Neynaber October 23, 2012 at 4:27 pm

I like dressing up mu kids.

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Ashley Gao October 23, 2012 at 11:24 pm

The candy!

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Ashley Gao October 23, 2012 at 11:24 pm

I like the mad cow microbe.

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Christian Alejandro October 24, 2012 at 1:15 am

Pumpkin Carvings and kit kats

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Christian Alejandro October 24, 2012 at 1:16 am

Noodle vinyl figure

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purango October 24, 2012 at 1:55 am

I would like to win the Brain Cell (Neuron). garrettsambo@aol.com

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