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Bones and blood, a Halloween appetizer of breadsticks shaped like bones and served with a side of blood, which is marinara sauce.

BONES AND BLOOD (Breadsticks and sauce)


A spooky Halloween appetizer that is perfect to serve before heading out for trick or treating.  Breadstick ‘bones’ served with a side of marinara sauce ‘blood’ are sure to be a hit with the kids and the adults.



1 tube (11 ounces) refrigerated breadstick dough

2 to 3 tablespoons melted butter

2 tablespoons grated Parmesan cheese

1 to 2 teaspoons garlic salt

3 cups marinara sauce, your own or your favorite jarred sauce


Preheat the oven to 375F degrees. 

Line a baking sheet with parchment paper or a Silpat mat.

Unroll the dough and separate it into the 12 breadsticks. Lay each breadstick on the cookie sheet. 

Cut a 1-inch slit in each end of the dough. Pull apart the slits and form each piece to make it looks like the ends of bones. 

Brush each bone with the melted butter. Sprinkle with cheese and garlic salt. 

Bake 10 to 20 minutes or until golden. 

Serve warm with pizza or marinara sauce for dipping.

  • Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Cook Time: 20 minutes
  • Category: Starter
  • Method: Bake
  • Cuisine: American

Keywords: Halloween appetizer, appetizer recipes, breadsticks and sauce, easy appetizer, Holiday party food