Do I need to pick squash before frost?

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Harvest all mature pumpkins and winter squash before a hard freeze. A light frost will destroy the vines but should not harm the fruit. However, a hard freeze may damage the fruit. ... Also, pumpkins and winter squash are less likely to rot when they are harvested with a portion of the stem attached to the fruit.
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