An earthquake hit Nottinghamshire with a magnitude of 2.6, the British Geological Survey reported.
Residents heard "a loud bang" and "felt a shudder" as it struck 0.6 miles from Hucknall eight miles from Nottingham in the evening of 28 October, prompting people to believe Halloween had come early.
Kieran Jobling, 20, from West Bridgford, said: "I genuinely thought it was a poltergeist.
"I'm relieved it was an earthquake, I'd rather not have a haunted house so close to Halloween!".
Stephanie Holland, who lives in Kirkby-in-Ashfield, told BBC Radio Nottingham: "We were sitting in the lounge watching TV and there was suddenly a very loud boom and the floor shook.
"I felt as though it had lifted me off the seat and then there was a rumble.
"We've got those road humps outside the front of the house and quite often when a bus goes over it shakes the house. Well this was like a bus on steroids, it lifted the whole floor."
Lee March tweeted: "I'd just stood up and the ground shook. I thought a truck had come through the house."
A spokesman for the British Geological Survey said: "Reports have been received from several residents in Mansfield, Hucknall, Kirkby-in-Ashfield, Sutton-in-Ashfield, Papplewick, Ravenshead, Newstead Village and Blidworth, Nottinghamshire, via the online reporting facility on the BGS Seismology website, indicating they felt this event.
"The reports received described, 'felt a heavy rumble as if some big lorry had passed', 'vibration lasted for a few seconds with a rumbling noise' and 'heard a loud bang and felt a shudder'."