Lipton Spinach Dip in Halloween Bread Bowl

Serve Lipton spinach dip in a coffin bread bowl for Halloween, with a mini skeleton nestled inside. You’ll want this spooky food for all your Halloween parties and snack tables.

halloween appetizer bread with spinach dip and mini skeleton inside

Want a memorable Halloween themed appetizer for adults? Serve cold spinach dip in a bread bowl shaped like a casket and your guests will “scream” with delight!

Start with a firm whole loaf of bread and cut it into a coffin shape. Then add Lipton’s famous spinach dip recipe and place a mini skeleton inside. You’ll have a dead man’s dip to “die” for!

Expert Party Tips

This food presentation idea is great for a graveyard theme along with tombstone sandwiches. Serve it along with this easy Halloween cake shaped like a coffin, or Halloween dirt pudding cups decorated like little graveyards.

  • If you’re making this for a Halloween party, prepare it a day ahead to make day-of prep easy.
  • Place the bread coffin on an oblong platter and surround it with dippers so they’re easy to grab.
  • Carry out the Halloween graveyard theme by adding mini tombstones and skeletons to the table decoration.
  • Add the dip to your usual party appetizers and serve it in a regular bowl.
party table with coffin bread and spinach dip surrounded by blue corn chips

Cold Spinach Dip Ingredients

Make the spinach dip up to a day ahead so the flavors can fully develop. Here’s what you’ll need.

  • Frozen chopped spinach – thawed according to package directions. Let it cool so you can handle it and squeeze out all the liquid. I use a tea towel to wrap the spinach in and give it a good squeeze.
  • Vegetable seasoning packet – use Lipton or Knorr brand.
  • Sour cream and mayonnaise – I like to use the light version of both.
  • Chopped onion – I like to substitute chopped celery sometimes, especially if you’re concerned about onion breath.
  • Chopped water chestnuts – these add so much texture to the dip. You can also substitute peeled and chopped radishes if you like.
  • Dippers – serve with blue corn tortilla chips, pretzel crisps, crackers, cut vegetables, or bread cubes.

How to Make It

  1. Break up the spinach so it’s easier to combine with the other ingredients. Add everything to a large mixing bowl and mix well so everything is integrated.
  2. Cover and refrigerate for at least 2 hours so flavors can marry. Serve with dippers when ready.
mini skeleton in spinach dip in bread coffin

Best Bread for Bread Bowl

In order to carve out a coffin shape you’ll need a whole loaf of bread that has not been sliced. It should be the traditional rectangle bread pan shape. Any sturdy loaf should work and you’re best bet is to look in the bakery section of the grocery store.

The one used here is called Farmstyle bread and it’s from Wegman’s bakery.

PRO TIP: If your bread isn’t as firm as you’d like, cut a piece of parchment or wax paper to fit the well of the bread bowl, then add the dip on top. The paper will keep the dip from soaking through to the bread.

How to Make a Bread Coffin

slice top off bread loaf
pinch out bread to form bowl
  1. Cut the top portion of bread loaf on three sides, trying to keep one long side attached to act as the lid.
  2. Score the bottom portion leaving a 3/4 inch border all the way around the edge, and scoop out the middle of the bread, about 2 inches deep.
  3. Do the same with the “lid” section, but scoop out only about 1/2 to 3/4 inch deep. Save bread to cut into cubes and serve with dip.
add bread stick handle
  1. Add a casket handle to the front side using one crunchy bread stick and two toothpicks.
  2. Prop the “lid” open with wooden skewers, like a hinge, to hold it in place.

PRO TIP: If the lid of the bread breaks off, no worries! Just attach it back in place using toothpicks or wood skewers to hold it securely.

When to Serve This Recipe

October is a great time to serve Halloween themed food because there are so many hosting occasions!

Fun fact: This idea was one of my very first blog posts way back in 2008! I had seen the coffin bread in a Woman’s Day magazine so I added the spinach dip as my own adaptation, and people have been making it this way ever since. I hope you enjoy these updated photos and tips for Halloween spinach dip in coffin bread bowl.

halloween dip in coffin bread bowl with mini tombstone decoration

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spinach dip in bread bowl shaped like a coffin

Lipton Spinach Dip Recipe

Yield: 4 cups
Prep Time: 30 minutes
Additional Time: 2 hours
Total Time: 2 hours 30 minutes

Halloween spinach dip in a coffin bread bowl is the party food you need on the buffet. Serve it with tortilla chips, crackers, vegetables or bread cubes.


  • 1 10-oz package frozen chopped spinach
  • 1 cup light mayonnaise
  • 1 cup light sour cream
  • 1/2 cup chopped onion or celery
  • 1 package ( 1.4 ounce) Knorr or Lipton Veggie Soup Mix
  • 1 8-ounce can water chestnuts, finely chopped

Bread Bowl

  • Whole loaf of bread, unsliced
  • 1 crunchy bread stick


Thaw spinach according to package directions. Let cool to touch and squeeze out liquid very well.

Combine all ingredients and chill for a couple of hours to let flavors blend.

Cut the top portion of bread, on three sides. Try to keep one long side attached to act as the lid.

Scoop out the middle of the bread to hold the dip, and a portion from the lid, making sure to keep a uniform border around bread edges.

Attach a bread stick to the front using two toothpicks on each end.

Add spinach dip to bread "coffin" and nestle a skeleton inside.

Prop the “lid” open with wooden skewers to hold it in place.

Serve with tortilla chips, pretzel crisps, crackers, or bread cubes.

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