I like funkins over Michaels brand pumpkin because they look real. Michaels look fake. Carving with funkins takes a little more time.I Glue the pattern right to the pumpkin. I Then trace it out with 1/32 drill bit. Be sure not to go to deep when tracing. Next i just use a array of carving and engraving bits. 106,107,108. to shade the pumpkins. Every so often i put a light in it to see how it looks while i am working.
Here are some funkins i carved. the last one is a michaels.