DATE/TIME: Friday, October 31st, 2008 / 09:14 AM

Many people enjoy trick-or-treating on Halloween. Unfortunately, each year there are incidents that mar the evening for some children and residents. While these incidents are often caused by only a small number or older youths, the impact of vandalism, litter, and disruptive behavior adversely affects the quality of life in an entire neighborhood.

With this in mind, the official "trick-or-treating" time in the City of Schenectady this year will be from 2-8 p.m. Residents are requested to turn their front porch lights off at 8 p.m.

We also request that parents impress upon their children that Halloween is not an excuse to become involved in disruptive behavior or criminal activity. Halloween "fun" can quickly get out of hand and result in personal injury or arrest.

The Department will have extra patrols during the evening hours. People who witness groups congregating or acting disorderly should call 382-5263, or 911 if it is an emergency.

All fire stations in the City of Schenectady (360 Veeder Avenue, 1515 State Street, 1200 Third Avenue, and 1549 Avenue A) will be open to trick-or-treaters from 4-8 p.m., and will provide free assorted baked goods, soda, and a Halloween activity book.

Schenectady Neighborhood Watch will have volunteers working throughout the City during Halloween , and they be watching overpasses, cemeteries, neighborhoods, and convenience stores to monitor the sale of eggs and shaving cream.

We ask for the publicís cooperation in making this Halloween a safe, enjoyable and uneventful one.