SCHENECTADY With Superman, Batman, the Green Lantern, Spiderman and others roaming the streets, Schenectady was well protected Wednesday.
“We’ve got the Justice League going on,” said Union College senior Oscar Hernandez, who sported a Superman T-shirt under a collared shirt while giving out candy on Lenox Road.
Seven fraternity and sorority houses in the neighborhood around Union College were turned into spooky destinations for candy from 4 to 6:30 p.m. as part of the first “Trick-or-Treat with Union Greeks.” There was also face painting, pumpkin painting and a photo station.
The event was designed to connect the college with the community, according to Michelle Mora, a graduate assistant in the college’s Office of Greek Life.
“Get the Greeks involved in community service in a big way,” she said.
Hernandez said the night brought him back to when he was little — except he dressed up as a dwarf for seven straight years and never got to have his picture taken with Spiderman, as youngster Leo Lloyd of Schenectady was doing.
“I am The Dark Knight,” insisted Leo, who said the best part about Halloween is getting free candy.
Batman had to cut short the conversation. “The Joker is going to leave. He’s down there,” he said.
Union College student Junior Rivas said he had been saying for a couple months that he planned to dress up as Spiderman. “I want to keep my word to my friends.”
Freshman Maria Ojeda completed the trio as The Flash.
“I think it’s good for the kids,” she said.
Optimus Prime — otherwise known as 5-year-old Raymond Franco of Schenectady — was also protecting the city and trick-or-treating with his 2-year-old sister, Amelie.
“This is fun, very good for the kids, very safe,” said mother Andrea Franco.
When asked what kind of candy he likes, Raymond hesitated and started rifling through his bucket.
“I guess all of them,” his mother interjected before he settled on Nerds.
There were also more traditional Halloween dignitaries. Mekhi Williams, 7, was dressed up as Dracula and said he likes to suck blood.
Cats were also well represented. Zamaria Williams, 10, was a more traditional cat, while Robyona Williams, 4, was dressed up as Hello Kitty — complete with a little kitty painted on her index fingernail.
“I love Hello Kitty because of her,” she said, pointing to her mother.
Twelve-year-old Emily Trimarchi, who was trick-or-treating down Nott Street, was dressed as a black cat.
“They’re soft and cute. They’re cuddleful,” she said.
Emily was perhaps the mediator between good and evil as sisters Brianna, 16, and Victoria, 7, dressed up as a devil and angel, respectively.
In case people wanted something less sugary to go with that candy, Michelle Bergeron was in her 19th year of handing out free hot dogs on Schenectady Street near the Hamilton Hill Arts Center. She said the idea started when she and her husband Hal lived across from King School and saw children in the neighborhood during Halloween.
“We watched kids trick-or-treat with nothing to eat in their stomach,” she said.
In addition to the hot dogs, she was handing out cider and cupcakes. Price Chopper and Freihofer’s helped provide some of the food.
In this part of the city, Green Lantern was on duty in the person of 8-year-old Moses Armstead.
Nykim Taylor, 4, was also a fighting ninja and summed up what he and many people like about Halloween.