Archives for October 2012

Happy Halloween

Happy Halloween 2012Have a safe and happy Halloween from all of us at the TireZoo in Anoka and Bloomington, MN. Please watch for all the extra kids and parents out walking, crossing streets, and having fun tonight.

Inspiration: What to do with Old Tires

This blog is to provide helpful information on keeping you safe and sane while traveling, tips on checking and buying tires, and providing family-friendly ideas within a car/tire/travel theme. We also love passing along ideas on new ways to use old tires such as creating art, new items, and recycling. What better place to organize and share some of the fantastic ideas we come across than Pinterest? Creativity abounds on Pinterest, so we’ve created a TireZoo presence on Pinterest. We have created the following boards: “Daily Dose of Humor”, “Road Trip Entertainment”, “Travel Themed Celebrations”, “Cool Wheels”, “Tire Re-purposing”, and “Travel Snacks”. We hope Pinterest users will check us out there, and help spread really cool ideas!

Fall Travel Treat: Making Pumpkin Seeds

pumpkin seedsPumpkin seeds make a great snack to eat while traveling. Packed with fiber, protein, and antioxidants, pumpkin seeds are nutritious too. And the best part? They are free, if you are carving a pumpkin and would otherwise throw them away.

Making Pumpkin Seed Snacks in 6 Easy Steps

Step 1: Clean the seeds and separate them from the pulp.

Step 2: Wash the seeds and really agitate and scrub them until they aren’t slimy.

Step 3: Arrange on a cookie sheet in a single layer coated first with spray oil or olive oil.

Step 4: Season with salt, pepper, garlic powder, onion powder, season salt, dill or any other flavor you’d like.

Step 5: Roast in the oven 325 degrees for about 30 minutes, or until toasted. Stir and move around every 10 minutes.

Step 6: Allow to cool completely before putting in an airtight container. Enjoy!

Top 10 Minnesota Halloween Festivities

  1. halloween destinations in mnAnoka Halloween Celebration! Anoka is the Halloween Capital of the World and has plenty of events and activities for all ages with the Grand Parade on October 27, 2012.
  2. Scream Town is a plethora of scary Halloween escapades all-in-one with attractions like “Sasquatch Investigation”, “Rabid Alley”, and “Redneck Resort”. Scream Town is west of the Twin Cities metro area on Hwy 212.
  3. Zombie’s Bite- 5K Run is in Spicer, MN on Saturday, October 20, 2012. What’s more exhilarating than running from zombies who have been instructed to chase you for miles?!
  4. ValleyScare is Valleyfair transformed; “Every weekend night, evil takes over the park. Zombies, Psychotic clowns and other twistedness that will haunt you and your friend’s dreams. This event is too intense for anyone under the age of 13.”
  5. Frightmares at BuckHill where evil lurks everywhere. It’s just off of I-35 in Burnsville and is open on weekends.
  6. Pumpkin Patches and Corn Mazes are everywhere around Minnesota. Here is a listing of some popular ones, but please leave any additional ones that your family likes in the comments section.
  7. Treasure Island Costume Contest on October 27th is giving away show tickets for prizes. If you have a stellar costume you’ve created, a costume contest is the way to go. Be sure to check out the Ultimate Halloween Costume Design Contest finalists at HalloweenCostumes.com The creativity is pretty cool!
  8. Minnesota Zoo offers its members a special family fun night on October 31, 2012. Best part is that it’s free.

Do you have a Halloween event that you think should be added to this list? Please share it in the comments section!