Airbnb blocks Canada Halloween bookings over party concerns

The company is concerned the properties will be used for large parties

Ghosts and goblins who want to party are being shut out by Airbnb.

One-night bookings in Canada and the United States have been banned over Halloween out of concern the properties were going to be used to host large house parties.

The company said anyone who has had their bookings cancelled will be reimbursed. Airbnb’s neighbourhood support line will be on call throughout to respond to complaints.

Airbnb said the decision was taken to “help protect” communities from COVID-19.

There will be tougher restrictions on two or three night reservations that may also pose an increased risk for parties.

The company will also “significantly expand” restrictions on last-minute bookings by guests without a history of positive reviews on Airbnb.

If Airbnb’s rules are violated, guests could be removed from Airbnb or face legal action.

The crackdown comes a year after a shooting at an Airbnb in California in which five people were killed at an unauthorized Halloween party.