MEDIA ADVISORY: Marquette experts available on Halloween topics

Oct. 27, 2022

MILWAUKEE — The spookiest time of year has arrived, and Marquette University has experts ready to help with coverage plans for Halloween. Story ideas range from how much exercise you need to work off calories from candy consumption to a “scary” class being taught on campus.

  • Rev. Ryan Duns, S.J., assistant chair and assistant professor of theology in the Klingler College of Arts and Sciences, can provide information about a course he teaches called Evil, Horror and Theology, which will allow students to explore the depths of Christian theological traditions through the lens of horror, also providing students a metaphysical framework for discussing theological and philosophical questions. Father Duns can 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 also speak about his upcoming book, “Horror: A Theology.” Email him at
  • Sharon Hope, lead volunteer chef for Marquette University Neighborhood Kitchen, can provide some fun and easy ways to reuse leftover Halloween candy in various dessert recipes. Call her at (414) 629-8356.
  • Dr. Cesar Gonzalez, 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 Melissa Barclay, senior communication specialist in the Office of University Relations, at

About Melissa Barclay

Melissa Barclay

Melissa is the senior communication specialist in the Office of University Relations. Contact Melissa at (414) 288-6712 or