LOLOLOLOLOL, dear OUTLAW (and the greatest of love and peace to you, my friend)!
Actually, I didn't get the impression she/they were scared, at all... although I don't doubt that they've been told to be. All that I've had that experience with have been African American (the KH nearest to our house is predominantly AA/Hispanic). I've actually been able to get into some very lengthy conversations with most of them. See, for the most part African Americans aren't that afraid of spirits... except maybe the "bad" ones "conjured" by voodoo (yes, I know, there's always exceptions, particularly those with a long WTBTS history). Most African Americans, however, very much believe in spirits... and particularly the Holy Spirit/holy spirit. So, the spirit world/realm/spirits are not all that... ummm... frightening to them. Given that our ancestors were greatly involved in ancestor worship and calling upon the spirits of the dead... and so a belief in/reverence for spirits... it's really not that big of a deal to most of us. Indeed, that's why so many tend to be Baptist, Pentecostal, COGIC, and other "faiths" that believe in the "anointing" and direct/indirect communication with/from the spirit realm. (Note, I didn't, before becoming a JW... as my father, who raised me, wasn't religious at all - because of HIS father - and certainly didn't while a JW. I only came to believe/understand when "something" occurred with me personally. I digress.).
Same is true for non-European Hispanics, for the most part. Their culture celebrates Dia de la Muerta, which is similar to some things many African Americans believe. Probably due to the commonality of the regions they share[d] (i.e., Carribean, Central/South America, etc.)
Now, I'd have NO problem believing she/they were actually scared if they had been white/european. Probably the color draining from their faces (which I have seen, among JWs) would have been a clue. "Spirits" in the white/european culture are usually vile and evil... and/or have some sort of negative agenda (like scaring the stuffing out of people just because).
I could be wrong, of course, but I get the impression they were ending discussions because that is what they were "instructed" to do. Seems "odd" to me that they would all do it... and pretty much in the same manner. Hopefully, someone who knows will weigh in and clear this up.
But thanks for the laugh, as always. You have SOME "funny" bone, you do, dear one!
Peace to you!
Your servant, friend, and a slave of Christ,