Become a Gloomie!!




Become a 2013 Zozobra Gloomie! Applications Now being accepted.

(Santa Fe, NM)- The Kiwanis Club of Santa Fe announced it is opening Gloomie positions to the public for the 89th burning of Will Shuster’s Zozobra, Thursday, September 5th.

“Any boy or girl age 10-14 may apply to be a Gloomie. There are NO height or weight requirements.


Applicants must include a full body photo with a statement that includes why they would like to be a Gloomie.

Once an applicant is selected, they will be required to participate in a series of meetings that will  include costume creation and information that he/she will need in order to become a Gloom.

The selected Gloom will be required to participate in all rehearsals as well as the night of the event.  All applications will be reviewed by a committee to decide which applicants will be selected for Will Shuster’s Zozobra 2013.

Deadline: 10pm on Wednesday July 31st

Applications received after the deadline will not be accepted-no exceptions.  All applicants that have been selected will be notified within 7 working days after the deadline.

If an applicant is not selected, a regret letter will be mailed.  Applicants will be encouraged to re-apply the following year.”-Angela Ortiz-Flores, Gloomie Department Chairwoman


Kiwanis Club members donate over 2,000 volunteer hours each year to produce the event, and all proceeds go toward college scholarships for graduating Santa Fe seniors and grants to youth-serving non-profit organizations.   Since the club took over the burning of Zozobra in 1963, more than half a million dollars has been donated back to the community this way.

“Zozobra is our community’s most unique signature event, and we’re asking Santa Fe’s youth to participate in the spectacle,” says Ray Sandoval, Zozobra event chairman.  “It’s a true Santa Fe experience , and we’re adding quite a few new tricks in this year’s show.”

  Zozobra Fun Fact: Did you know that Greer Garson was a gloomie???