H&G focuses on Halloween home crafts and traditions this week. Which is interesting, because fewer than 50% of you make home part of your Halloween act. This is San Francisco: most of us are busy pulling together cool costumes. Thankfully there are people like the Oakland couple profiled in the lead article, who do up their homes instead, and make the streetscape fun for the rest of us.
• Happy haunting: Larry Schmidt and Carl Linkhart differentiate between the Halloween of "legend and mystery" and the annual grossout sold at you local Halloween superstore, and their Glenview nabe sounds the richer for it.
• An old folk art revived: We had no idea people collected papier-mache Halloween figures, but according to this piece by Laura Thomas and to papier-mache artist Melissa Tereck, they will pay upwards of $100 for her creatures. Maybe she has a career with Julie Taymor somewhere in her future.
• Gorgeous gourds: Arlene Silverman visits psychologist Charlie Vella, who carves 50 elaborate jack-o-lanterns for a display at his Glen Park home every year. He does it, he says, "for the kids."
• Compact condo needs space-saving furnishings: Risë Krag's small space tips include one we haven't heard or used before ourselves: hanging art that employs perspective.
• PICK OF THE WEEK: Erle Nickel picks California Flannel Bush, an evergreen that offers interesting colors year-round.