"Awesome Ants" was the sixth short story that appeared in the book Still More Tales to Give You Goosebumps.


Dave gets a package in the mail, which is an ant farm he ordered weeks ago, but the one he gets is bigger than a pool table. The letter with the package says that the company wants him to test their new jumbo size and states to feed the ants give blue vitamin capsules every day and nothing else. When the ants don't do anything, his friend convinces him to feed them other stuff. The ants suddenly grow faster and larger, which he thinks will get him a good grade on his next assignment for science teacher Mr. Lantz. One morning, he finds the ant farm empty, goes to school, and finds an ant larger than him in the science room. The ant knocks him out, and he wakes to find himself and his teacher trapped in the ant farm with the ants watching them from outside. Lantz then tells them that they better get started building tunnels and rooms and tells him it will be a great learning experience.

Television adaptation

"Awesome Ants" was adapted into an episode of the Goosebumps TV series. It is the fifteenth episode of season three, and the fifty-ninth episode overall.


  • This story was likely inspired by the 1954 horror film Them! which featured giant ants. 
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