ARTISTS of all abilities have been encouraged to be extra creative this Halloween.

From carving a pumpkin to making model monsters, an arts supplier has used social media to inspire creativity with spooky arts and crafts ideas.

Clarkes of Sussex usually hosts Halloween crafts events at its shop in Bond Street, Brighton, but coronavirus meant all classes were cancelled.

But the pandemic has not stopped Tricia Green, who has worked at Clarkes since its opening day 20 years ago, from sharing her passion for art.

The Argus: Beetlejuice painted on a jacket. Photo by Tricia Green.Beetlejuice painted on a jacket. Photo by Tricia Green.

The 36-year-old from Woodingdean has produced how-to-guides, time lapse videos and online tutorials on how to make some of her creepy creations.

She said: “I’ve done quirky things like decorate wooden mannequins as Beetlejuice and the characters from The Nightmare Before Christmas, so simple arts and crafts things that people can have a go at.”

Even though arts and crafts may not be for everyone, Tricia said Halloween is the perfect time to inspire the inner artist within us.

“Start simple, draw a character from your favourite film or try some typography, something scary and then just have a go,” she said.

The Argus: A hand-painted pumpkin. Photo by Tricia Green.A hand-painted pumpkin. Photo by Tricia Green.

“I’ve been showing people blending techniques and how to decorate pumpkins without carving, which is a great idea for younger children.

“Paint pens are a really good way to start because they are so versatile and easy to use.”

While the shop is currently unable to accommodate classes due to social distancing, people can still show their artwork through social media.

“At the moment we all have to think outside the box and do things that we haven’t done in the past to try and keep things going,” said Tricia.

To view Tricia’s artwork and share your own, visit and tag @zielerartsupplies on Instagram or visit 

All photos by Tricia Green.