WithAll Blog


What to Say Halloween Challenge

Oct 11, 2022

At WithAll, we know that Halloween can sometimes be really scary for our body image and relationship with food. With all the candy and costumes, it can be challenging not to intertwine Halloween with diet culture! That’s why we’re challenging you to ditch the diet and weight talk this season and focus on enjoying Halloween.

Introducing… the What to Say Halloween Challenge!
This October, we want to combat diet culture by focusing on the things we love about Halloween! So, we’ve created our first social media challenge of 2022: the What to Say Halloween Challenge. If there’s something you’re doing to enjoy Halloween this year, we want to hear about it! Whether it’s eating your favorite candy or wearing a costume just because you like the character, there are so many things you can do to enjoy this season. Plus, all who join in on the challenge will be entered into a drawing for a fun prize.

Here’s how you can participate:
We’re hosting this challenge on multiple social media platforms: Facebook, Twitter, TikTok, and Instagram. If you’re on any or all of these platforms, we would love for you to join the Challenge! To participate, all you have to do is share our post, use #WTSHalloweenChallenge, and let us know what ONE thing you’re doing to enjoy Halloween this year. Don’t forget to tag us!

Please see below for specific guidelines for participating on each social media platform:

If you’re participating on Facebook, you can join the Challenge by sharing our post about the Halloween Challenge. In your share, tell us what you’re doing to enjoy Halloween, use #WTSHalloweenChallenge, and tag us!

If you’re participating on Twitter, you can join the Challenge by quote retweeting our tweet about the Halloween Challenge. Mention the one thing you’re doing to enjoy Halloween and use #WTSHalloweenChallenge.

If you’re participating on TikTok, you can join the Challenge by stitching our Challenge video into your own original video. In your video, tell us what you’re doing to enjoy Halloween this season. Make sure to use #WTSHalloweenChallenge and tag us!

If you’re participating on Instagram, you can join the Challenge by sharing our Halloween Challenge reel to your stories. Make sure to put #WTSHalloweenChallenge in your story and use text to tell us what you’re doing to make Halloween fun this year. Don’t forget to tag us!

We’re so excited to see everything you’re doing to ditch diet culture this Halloween season and instead have a great time! Please feel free to reach out to hello@withall.org if you have any questions about participating in the Challenge. Happy Halloween!

WithAll is committed to helping children and their families navigate healthier discussions about food and body.

That’s why our What to Say initiative created a Halloween Guide featuring these tips, as well as research-backed insights and advice from parenting and nutrition experts who have been in your shoes.

And remember: these principles apply beyond just Halloween! Whether it’s about candy, cake, sugar, or any other food item that can be enjoyed in moderation, the way adults choose to talk to kids or around kids has a real impact – each and every day.

Click the link below to check out our Halloween Guide and additional resources. We hope they help you – as a parent, caregiver, or adult role model – navigate food and body conversations positively and purposefully.

Download What to Say’s Halloween Guide

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THE PLEDGE: I believe that words matter. I want to make a positive impact on the kids in my life by stopping harmful diet and weight talk. I am committed to making sure that every child gets a chance to develop healthy relationships with food and body.


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Shannon assists with the logistics of development and operations and making every day run as smoothly as possible. Her day-to-day focuses on our Recovery Support Program, budget management, events, and administrative support. She enjoys being part of the nonprofit world and finding ways to help enhance the organization. She has a heart for serving others and helping people succeed.

Shannon has a Bachelor of Arts degree in Health & Exercise Science from Gustavus Adolphus College and a Master’s in Public Health (MPH) from Walden University.

Outside of work, you can find Shannon chasing her two girls around, attending sporting events and finding the next brewery or winery to explore.

Lindsay leads our operations, programming, fundraising, and communications to better fulfill our mission. She enjoys engaging with our supporters and stakeholders to build stronger connections to our work. Outside the office, you can find her planning her next trip, exploring the Twin Cities, or reading her book club’s latest pick.

With ten years of experience in nonprofit and foundation administration, Lindsay is a creative project manager working to strengthen all our operations. She loves being a part of a team deeply dedicated to discovering innovative and effective strategies to end eating disorders and is excited to invite others into this important work. Efficient and collaborative, she executes activity across all operations, including fundraising, events, communications, and programming. Lindsay has a bachelor’s degree in public relations from the University of Northwestern, St. Paul, and a fundraising certificate from the University of St. Thomas. She and her family live in Richfield, MN.

As Executive Director, Lisa leads WithAll’s strategic growth as a sustainable social enterprise dedicated to the prevention of and healing from eating disorders.

Lisa has more than 20 years of experience in public affairs, community relations, and law, and nearly 15 years of experience in non-profit leadership, most recently at Minnesota Public Radio/American Public Media. She is a graduate of Mitchell Hamline School of Law, a member of the Minnesota Bar, and a Minnesota Supreme Court appointee to Minnesota’s Lawyers Professional Responsibility Board. She volunteers with her daughter’s school and with youth sports.

Lisa does this work because she knows eating disorders are not a choice; they are deadly, and they are everywhere. She also knows kids are not born with harmful thoughts and actions around food or their body—and it’s our job as adults to keep it this way so they can focus their precious brains and time on things that matter.

Lisa finds laughter, all children, and the numerous variations of sparkling water to be delightful.