Police to curtail trick-or-treating in popular Glendale community
Police plan to step up enforcement on Kenneth Road in Northwest Glendale this Halloween after roughly 3,000 trick-or-treaters swamped the neighborhood last year, bringing with them trash, vandalism and a whole lot of headaches for residents.
Thousands of Halloween trick-or-treaters from Glendale and Los Angeles descended on Kenneth Road last Oct. 31 to get candy while other revelers simply cruised and vandalized the neighborhood, Glendale police Lt. Bruce Fox said.
"It really overwhelmed the neighbors," he told the Glendale News-Press.
Residents reported egging incidents, overturned trash cans, an abundance of trash on the streets and broken light fixtures and sprinklers due to the number of teen trick-or-treaters who were strolling around well into the night.
Some teens were drinking alcohol, using drugs and looking for girls, Fox added.
This year, police will close Kenneth Road from to vehicle traffic between Grandview Road and Highland Avenue on Wednesday, allowing neighborhood residents only, Fox said. Police will also monitor Pacific Avenue.
Uniformed and plainclothes officers will patrol the upscale neighborhood. At 10 p.m., police will enforce curfew rules and anyone under the age of 18 who is still in the neighborhood could be cited or arrested.
Many residents have also agreed to stop handing out candy after 8 p.m., police said.
"We are going to take a zero-tolerance approach for all vandalism and alcohol incidents," Fox said, adding that police were committed to returning the "neighborhood back to the home community."
Resident Dorothy Cullen said that as the years passed, the number of trick-or-treaters swelled and Cullen found herself running out of the 800 packages of candy she stockpiled by 7:30 p.m.
Kenneth Road, she said, was becoming a "party street."
"This is a neighborhood," she said. "We live here. This should not be a destination."
-- Veronica Rocha, Times Community News
Photo: One home where Halloween trick-or-treasters are welcome. Credit: Los Angeles Times