This year we almost had the opposite problem. I picked up a couple of 'kins at Walmart and then they sat on our kitchen counter for 2 weeks.
The stems were growing some mold so we finally cut into the pumpkins.
The choice of knife is important. It was a little awkward getting the top cut out.
Michelle cleaned hers quickly and then utilized an esoteric carving technique to get clean curves. She was done with her goofy-happy cyclops in about 10 minutes.
I labored over my sharp edges and totally asymmetic face for another 10 minutes after she left (yeah she left; something about med school or something).
The fruit of our labor will be some roasted pumpkin seeds.
Now I must remember Easter next year. Haven't painted eggs in years.