Media advisory: Marquette experts available for Halloween-related stories

Oct. 26, 2021

MILWAUKEE — With Halloween approaching this weekend, Marquette University is offering some story ideas to help with coverage plans. Stories range from the worst candies for children’s teeth to a new “spooky” class at Marquette.

  • Ryan Duns, S.J., assistant chair and assistant professor of theology in the Klingler College of Arts and Sciences, can share information about a new course he will teach in spring called Evil, Horror and Theology, which will introduce students to the study of metaphysics and test the coherence of a Christian metaphysical worldview by initiating a dialogue with various horror. Father Duns can also discuss All Saints’ Day (Nov. 1) and All Souls’ Day (Nov. 2), which in Latin America is known as the Day of the Dead. He can describe how November can be used to remember deceased relatives and friends who have joined the community of saints and underscore Marquette’s Catholic, Jesuit mission. Email him at
  • Sharon Hope, lead volunteer chef for Marquette University Neighborhood Kitchen, can provide some fun, simple ways to reuse leftover Halloween candy in various dessert recipes. Call her at (414) 629-9356.
  • Dr. Brian D. Hodgson, pediatric dentist and associate professor in the Marquette University School of Dentistry, explains the worst candies for children’s teeth. Email him at
  • Dr. Christopher Simenz, clinical professor of exercise science in the College of Health Sciences, can discuss how much one would have to exercise to burn off just a few pieces of candy. Email him at

Media interested in covering these or other Halloween-related stories should contact Shelby Williamson, senior communication specialist in the Office of Marketing and Communication, at (262) 441-0516 or

About Shelby Williamson

Shelby Williamson

Shelby is a senior communication specialist in the Office of Marketing and Communication. Contact Shelby at (414) 288-6712 or