GLENDALE (CBSLA.com) — Police plan to crack down on Halloween in an upscale Glendale neighborhood after vandals and troublemakers caused problems last year.
Authorities Wednesday will shut down a six-block stretch of Kenneth Road between Grandview and Highland, except to locals, because some residents complained about the rowdy behavior.
Dorothy Cullen said the neighborhood was swarmed last year with 3,000 trick-or-treaters.
“It’s like Mardi Gras, it really is. You can’t walk on the sidewalks,” she said.
Cullen implied that the large crowds produced an obscene amount of vandalism.
“Eggs, smashed pumpkins, phenomenal trash,” she said. “One year, I went to the door and I said to some kids, ‘I have no candy. You have to go home now, it’s 9:30 p.m.’ Later I realized they turned my hose on.”
Sgt. John Gilkerson from the Glendale Police Department said although uniformed and plain clothed officers will patrol the area, the neighborhood is not closed.
“The neighborhood is open for Halloween. We don’t want to be the ‘Grinch Who Stole Halloween,’” he said.
Gilkerson said trick-or-treaters are welcome to walk in the community, but officials will enforce a 10 p.m. curfew to keep teenagers from hanging out.
Some residents said they don’t think the situation is that big of a deal.
“Up until 9 p.m., it’s usually pretty nice. It’s great and the kids are great, and they have good time. I hope it doesn’t discourage kids from coming,” said Al Moses.
Police said they will have their eyes on several other Glendale neighborhoods during the festivities.