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Havin' a Hello Kitty Halloween

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If you're bored with low-grade Halloween candy, you might try "turning Japanese" this season. In Japan, confectioners are artists.

The Kasugai company makes real fruit gummies in flavors like melon and red apple, and cola candies that fizz in your mouth. Everyone will scream for fruity Hello Kitty candies by Sanjuko Candy Land. Meiji strawberry Gummy Chocos taste just like Neopolitan ice cream, and the tiny boxes of colorful sweets come in the coolest packaging on the planet. Finally, one taste of Glico Pocky, chocolate-covered biscuit sticks, and you'll tell those Keebler elves to take a hike.

Most treats can be picked up for about $1-$2.95. Oriental Market (857 W. Sand Lake Road, 407-816-1700) and Dong A Mar-ket, (816 N. Mills Ave., 407-898-9227) carry a wide selection of them, so stock up for a Japanese-style spookfest this year.

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