When is the best time to buy the trick-or-treat candy?

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I broke down and bought some candy for Halloween on Friday. I was at the Bel Air Target and saw that the supply was looking rather picked over. I got a little nervous and grabbed three bags. It’s no where near enough candy for the number of trick-or-treaters we get in my neighborhood. But I think it’s still too early to bring home all the candy. My family will eat it before Halloween comes in two days. I’m still trying to figure out when is the right time to bring the candy home. I tried to buy types of candy my kids don’t like too much. But I grabbed a bag of Milk Duds. I’ve eaten quite a bit of them. My husband hit the Dollar Tree store today and came home with a 10-pack of Baby Ruths and a 10-pack of Butterfingers. Again, it’s no where near enough. (Especially since he’s already been into the Baby Ruths). I braved Wal-Mart in Abingdon today (a dreaded Saturday with gridlock to rival Times Square) to get a cape for my son’s Darth Vader costume. I noticed Wal-Mart was selling bags of Snickers for $2 a pop, so I grabbed a bag of those. (They’re delicious, by the way). With all the candy eating on the horizon, I found some good advice on limiting consumption KidsHealth.org. And if that doesn’t work, Pepto Bismol has come out with a version of its stomach-settling medicine for kids called Children’s Pepto Antacid. But to tell the truth, I think I’m going to need some of the good old-fashioned pink stuff for adults.